News dropped early Thursday morning that Collin Anglin is out of his scheduled bout against Seungwoo Choi. Stepping in on short notice, Youssef Zalal will take on Seungwoo (8-3) at the UFC event on Feb. 6. Consequently, the bout was first reported by MMA DNA, and confirmed by MMAJunkie.com, but has yet to be officially announced by the UFC.
While the two were originally slated to meet last October, Choi was forced out of the bout for undisclosed reasons. Then, Zalal (10-3) took on Ilia Topuria who handed the 24-year old his third professional loss. Since then, the top Morrocan prospect has been getting ready for another high profile fight. Prior to the setback to Topuria, the featherweight was on a four-fight win streak. With Zalal fighting out of factoryX Muay Thai, his striking perplexes most who step into the cage with him.
Seungwoo Choi and Youssef Zalal Sling Leather
Interestingly, the fighter from South Korea is coming off a win. However, prior to that, he dropped his first two fights in the UFC. First, he took on the extremely dangerous, Movsar Evloev who fans got the chance to see perform inside the cage against the tough Nik Lentz. Then, Choi took on another tough opponent in Gavin Tucker at UFC 240: Holloway vs. Edgar. While the fight was closely contested, he ultimately lost the bout by a rear-naked choke in the third round. Finally, he took on Suman Mokhtarian and won his first UFC bout by unanimous decision.
The featherweight scrap has been added to the Feb. 6 card. With the addition to Seungwoo Choi vs. Youssef Zalal, here are the rest of the scheduled bouts on the card:
- Alistair Overeem vs. Alexander Volkov
- Frankie Edgar vs. Cory Sandhagen
- Macy Chiasson vs. Marion Reneau
- Manel Kape vs. Alexandre Pantoja
- Beneil Dariush vs. Diego Ferreira
- Clay Guida vs. Michael Johnson
- Julio Arce vs. Timur Valiev
- Alex da Silva vs. Devonte Smith
- Joselyne Edwards vs. Karol Rosa
- Molly McCann vs. Lara Procopio
- Seungwoo Choi vs. Youssef Zalal