UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Volkov- Seung Woo Choi vs Youssef Zalal- Prediction and Analysis

Published 02/05/2021, 10:25 PM EST


At UFC Vegas 18, the main event will see Alistair Overeem take on Alexander Volkov in the heavyweight division. The winner of the fight will most likely have a part to play in who fights next for the title in the heavyweight division. However, the rest of the card is stacked with some incredibly interesting fights as well. 

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In the prelims, Seung Woo Choi takes on Youssef Zalal in a featherweight bout. Both fighters are currently unranked at 145-pounds, and the fight will be a good opportunity for both men to take a step forward in the rankings. 

Ahead of the fight, we inspect both fighters involved, their strengths and weaknesses, and the possible route to victory for both fighters. 

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Read: Alistair Overeem ranks his UFC debut against Brock Lesnar higher than that of Michael Chandler 

Seungwoo Choi vs Youssef Zalal is a fight to watch out for at UFC Vegas 18 

Youssef Zalal made his UFC debut last February with a unanimous decision win over Austin Lingo. He then went on to win his next two fights as well. ‘The Moroccan Devil’ succumbed to his first loss in the UFC most recently in October last year against Ilia Topuria. He will be looking to bounce back into the win column this weekend. 

Seung Woo Choi made his UFC debut in 2019. He succumbed to a unanimous decision loss against Movsar Evloev. After succumbing to another loss against Gavin Tucker, ‘Sting’ bounced back with an impressive win against Suman Mokhtarian in December 2019. 

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The Moroccan Devil’ has secured 50% of his wins and is extremely lethal on the ground. However, he is also a good striker and has averaged 2.07 significant strikes per minute in his UFC career thus far. He has also averaged 6 takedowns per 15 minutes and 2 submission attempts in that same time period. 

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Youssef Zalal of Morocco kicks Ilia Topuria in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

‘Sting’ has put together a 1-2 UFC record. He is a dangerous striker and has averaged 3.33 significant strikes per minute in his UFC career while absorbing just 2.77 in return. Against ‘The Moroccan Devil’ he will have to rely on his 66% takedown defense to ensure that the fight stays on the feet. If he is taken to the ground, it will be difficult for him to come out on top. 

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Prediction: Youssef Zalal via Decision 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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