As he prepares for his fourth combat of 2020, the query maximum human beings need Youssef Zalal to reply is whether or not he plans on taking a destroy after going through Ilia Topuria this Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

“I’m hoping one more, but we’ll see,” laughed Zalal, who came out of nowhere in February to begin a UFC run that has seen him defeat Austin Lingo, Jordan Griffin and Peter Barrett in succession, taking a year that many would like to toss in the trash bin and making it the best year of his life. He’s not slowing down, either, taking every step with a smile.

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“After the third one I thought a little bit about it,” he said of taking a break following a three-rounder with Barrett in August. “But after I got back to training, I realized I’m young and this is what I really love to do. It’s gonna take a lot to stop me from what I’m doing.”

Ah, the joy of being 24 and a rising star in the biggest promotion in the MMA world.

“I’m having a blast,” Zalal said. “It’s been a blessing in disguise. I’ve been really enjoying this ride and I’m all about the experience right now. Now I get to go to Abu Dhabi. We’re still under the pandemic but I’m still gonna enjoy what I’m here for and it’s what the fight business is all about.”

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