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Tale of the tape for Youssef Zalal vs. Ilia Topuria

Youssef Zalal and Ilia Topuria meet in a featherweight bout on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Island 5. We break down the odds.

Youssef Zalal of Morocco reacts after his victory over Peter Barrett in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 08, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

In the final preliminary bout of UFC Fight Island 5, Youssef Zalal will meet Ilia Topuria in a featherweight bout this Saturday live from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and available on ESPN+.

With a 10-2 MMA record, Youssef Zalal will enter this fight as the favorite. It’s a massive fight for the 24-year-old that is already 3-0 in the UFC. He’s been terrific both on the ground and on his feet, averaging 3.2 significant strikes per minute on 55 percent accuracy, and defending 66 percent of his opponent’s 1.4 strikes per minutes while also average three takedowns per 15 minutes.

He’s been dominant in all three UFC fights, either out-striking his opponent by 30-plus blows or having three more takedowns than his opponent.

He’ll be taking on Topuria who is making his UFC debut with a perfect MMA record at 8-0. The Spain-born fighter has won all his professional bouts via finish, with seven submissions and one knockout on his record. At just 23, this could end as the most entertaining bout of the night. At 5-foot-7, Topuria will give up some height, but he should be prepared coming off a victory over the 6-foot-1 Stephen Goncalves.

Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Youssef Zalal vs. Ilia Topuria at UFC Fight Island 5 on October 10th.

Money line odds

Youssef Zalal: -186 (51% of action, 63% of bets)
Ilia Topuria: +150 (49% of action, 37% of bets)

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