It is a defeat that is far from honouring the Moroccan royal family, notably King Mohammed VI and Prince Moulay El Hassan, which has just been signed, far from the eyes of Moroccans, notably in Las Vegas, in the United States. What is it about?
Abu Azaitar fell by a KO to the Quebecer Marc-Andre Barriault, on Saturday night. A defeat for the man who is said to be very close to the Moroccan royal family, notably King Mohammed VI and Prince Moulay El Hassan, and who marked his return to the UFC after a two-year absence for doping. It was a failed return, even though he started the fight well.
Abu Azaitar falls to Marc-André BarriaultIn his big return to competition after a long period of absence for doping, Abu Azaitar, who won his last ten fights, was knocked out by Quebec’s Marc-André Barriault on Saturday night. In the first round, the Moroccan MMA champion took advantage thanks to his hand-to-hand work. He hit his challenger with knees. But the 2nd round was close: many exchanges of blows. Each of them tried to defend themselves.
In the 3rd round, things quickly became complicated for the Moroccan Abu Azaitar with the Quebecer Marc-André Barriault who gave him several power shots in the face. Abu Azaitar loses his mouthguard and tries to recover it. He can’t get it back. Marc-André Barriault seizes the opportunity and sends him to the ground after a series of punches. He defeats him by referee stoppage, with four seconds left in the third round. Abu Azaitar finished the fight with a swollen and bloody face. A defeat far from honouring Morocco.
However, Abu Azaitar did not let the Quebecer win the fight easily. Indeed, the Moroccan won the first round with well placed knees to the body of Marc-André Barriault. « I am happy to have offered a performance worthy of the person I am. In the first round, my hands were heavy and I was watching too much what Azaitar was going to do. I knew he was going to throw open shots and I was waiting too much. After the first round, I told myself it wasn’t going to happen like that, » said Barriault, after his fight.