Mounir Lazzez defeated Abdul Razak Alhassan in one of the most violent, but fun, striking matches you’ll see at “Fight Island” this summer.
UFC matchmakers knew what they were doing when they paired the two athletes together for Thursday’s ‘UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Ige’ card, the second of four “Fight Island” events within the quarantined area of Yas Island on Abu Dhabi.
Lazzez, who made his debut at the midweek event inside the Flash Forum, had a record of nine wins (eight knockouts) against one loss, while Alhassan had a record of 10 wins (10 knockouts) against one loss.
Both fighters are renowned for their striking and their punching power, and Wednesday they came to blows in what became a gripping, all-action, slobberknocker.
In round three, Lazzez had the edge in strikes thrown and landed, and had done more than enough to earn a comfortable decision on the judges’ scorecards with two verdicts of 30-27 and one of 29-28.
A new star, perhaps, was born.