It’s the opener of what will be back-to-back featherweight bouts at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ this Saturday when Youssef Zalal takes on newcomer Peter Barrett live from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Zalal is 9-2 in MMA and and 2-0 in the UFC. He’s coming off a quick turnaround after his win over Jordan Griffin on June 27th in the Apex arena. The 23-year-old from Englewood, Colorado has five submissions and two knockouts on his resume from his time in the indies, and was never stopped himself. In his two UFC bouts so far, he’s landed 90 significant strikes and six takedowns on his way to a pair of unanimous decision wins.
Barrett was originally scheduled to take on Steve Garcia in this bout, but he withdrew two weeks ago and was replaced with Zalal. Barrett is 11-3 and got here via a win at Dana White’s Contender Series last August to earn a company contract. The 33-year-old from Plymouth, Massachusetts has nine career stoppage wins, seven of them by KO or TKO. In his Contender Series victory, he landed 109 significant strikes and four takedowns in his decision victory.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Youssef Zalal vs. Peter Barrett at UFC Fight Night on August 8th:
Money line odds
Youssef Zalal: -480
Peter Barrett: +340
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