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Newcomer Mounir Lazzez won his debut MMA appearance at Fight Island, and is ready to take on the next challenge.
Lazzez (10-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) beat Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with a unanimous decision Wednesday to open up the main card at UFC on ESPN 13 in Abu Dhabi.
This fight marks the third consecutive win for Lazzez and first victory under the UFC banner.
Lazzez walked reporters through the match in his post-fight press conference.
“I love to be the underdog and to show my skill, and that’s exactly what happened (Wednesday). I came in as the underdog, and I enjoy the victory. When he put me in the first round against the cage, I said, ‘What, this is all that you’ve got?’ I still have a lot of weapons, and just step by step, I killed his will with the kicks, moving around, high kick, low kick – I showed my wrestling, my takedown defense.”
Lazzez says that a big component of his successful bout was overcoming the mental aspect of it, keeping cool and staying confident in himself.
“I kept visualizing this over and over as just another fight. Don’t put pressure on yourself and just go enjoy what you do. I love this craft. I love when I get clipped and I see the will inside the eye of my opponent. That mental game – I love that. I love that deep water stuff. My mental game, I’ve said it before – maybe you can be more technical and maybe you can be more powerful, but my will and my mental game, you can’t beat it.”
Now, Lazzez is ready to improve his UFC record to 2-0, and he's ready to go now. He'd like to take on Mike Perry in his next bout.
“I’m healthy – 100 percent. I swear to God, I’m ready to go in two weeks. But I’ll let my management speak to the UFC, and when that idiot (Mike Perry) is ready, I’m ready to go.”
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