Featherweights Youssef Zalal and Peter Barrett fought on UFC’s prelims on Saturday. Here’s how it went.
Bout 2: Youssef Zalal (9-2) vs. Peter Barrett (11-3) (Featherweight)
Zalal threw some leg kicks to start the fight. Zalal landed a spinning back kick that dropped Barrett in the first minute. Zalal got on the back of Barrett, throwing punches to the side of the head. Barrett got back to his feet and returned to striking. Zalal connected with a right cross in the second minute of the round. Barrett put Zalal in a body lock in the fourth minute, Zalal escaped the position after threatening a kimura. Barrett landed a good head kick in the final minute, although Zalal shook it off. They stayed on the feet until the round ended.
After landing some strikes on the feet, Zalal tried for a takedown early in the second round. Barrett was able to stop the takedown attempt, keeping the fight to a clinch before returning to stand-up. Zalal landed a judo throw in the second minute to get a takedown. Zalal quickly got on the back of Barrett, throwing punches to the side of the head periodically. Zalal threatened a rear naked choke many times from the position. Barrett stood up with a minute left in an attempt to get Zalal off of his back, although Zalal stayed on him. Barrett got flattened out in the final minute. Zalal put in a rear naked choke from the position, although Barrett escaped before the round ended.
Barrett had an aggressive start to the final round, coming forward and clinching with Zalal. Zalal got a single leg takedown in the second minute of the fight. Zalal quickly passed into side control on the ground. They stood back up with two minutes left in the fight, leaving a clinch after Barrett missed a spinning elbow. Zalal got another takedown in the fourth minute of the fight. Zalal moved into full mount after Barrett tried to push him off. Zalal got on the back of Barrett with a minute left in the fight. He tried again for a rear naked choke, although Zalal couldn’t get it in. Going to the scorecards, Zalal got the win (30-26, 30-26 & 30-27)
RESULT: Youssef Zalal def. Peter Barrett via Decision, Unanimous
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