UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Sakai Prelims- Sean Woodson vs Youssef Zalal: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/04/2021, 2:43 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Sakai will see a clash between Sean Woodson and Youssef Zalal go down in the featherweight division of the UFC. Both fighters are coming off losses in their last fight and will be determined to get back to winning ways. A win can put either fighter among the elites of a packed featherweight division of the UFC.

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‘The Sniper’ currently has a professional record of 7-1. He suffered his first loss as a professional in his last fight against Julian Erosa in June. The former Dana White’s Contender Series alumni has a decision win over Kyle Bochniak in his other UFC appearance.

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‘The Moroccan Devil’, on the other hand, is currently on a 2-fight skid. Back-to-back decision losses to Ilia Topuria and Seung Woo Choi halted his progress a bit in the featherweight division of the UFC. The former LFA veteran has wins over the likes of Austin Lingo, Jordan Griffin, and Peter Barrett in the UFC.

Woodson has a professional record of 7-1 with 3 finishes. Two T/KO and one submission win rack up those numbers for him. Zalal, on the other hand, has a record of 10-4. Seven of those wins have come via finishes. He has two T/KO and five submission wins under his belt.

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Sean Woodson vs Youssef Zalal: Analyis

‘The Sniper’ is a very rangy fighter for the featherweight division. To top that off, he knows exactly how to use that attribute to his advantage. He is coming off a loss, but he has taken the needed time off to recover from that setback and reinvent himself as a fighter.

Zalal is also a very talented and skillful fighter. But one might argue he is a bit undersized for the featherweight division. Also, he usually takes very little time off between his fights. That gives him lesser time to re-adjust and learn from his losses. Also, Woodson’s range might be a problem for him to handle.

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Woodson will look to rejuvenate from his loss in his last fight and put on a showcase performance this time around against Zalal; and he might just get that done for himself.

Final Prediction: Sean ‘The Sniper‘ Woodson wins by unanimous decision.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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