Tape rankings @ Featherweight
Who won Topuria vs Zalal?
Ilia Topuria beat Youssef Zalal by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of UFC Fight Island 5, on Saturday 10th October 2020 at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Ilia Topuria.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).
Topuria vs Zalal stats
Ilia Topuria stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 8 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 1 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 7 by submission.
Youssef Zalal made his way to the ring with a record of 10 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 2 of those wins by knock out and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Zalal had a slight advantage in power over Topuria, with a 20% knock out percentage over Topuria's 13%.
Ilia Topuria was the younger man by 1 year, at 24 years old.
Zalal had a height advantage of 3 inches over Topuria. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Topuria was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 4 less fights, and made his debut in 2015, 2 years and 4 months earlier than Zalal, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 21 less professional rounds, 14 to Zalal's 35.
Zalal's last 3 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 9 months and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 1 day. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.3 rounds on average.