Considering Zalal moved from Morocco to the United States as a teenager, had to learn a new way of life, and then became a professional prizefighter, “this” has to be pretty bad. Of course, the assumption is that he’s referring to his current two-fight losing streak, but nah, Zalal and his wife, Kat, are just going through the house buying process.
“I’m talking to my accountant every day, I’m talking to the lender, this, that, it’s insane,” said Zalal, who, at the time of this interview, was ready to close and then head to Las Vegas, where he will look to snap that losing streak against Sean Woodson this Saturday.
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“It’s been a helluva crazy start to the year,” said the 24-year-old, who has come a long way in a short time, not just in MMA, but in life. “I’m closing on my house and I see all these dreams I had as a kid. And I told this to my wife: I want to get a house at a young age, and all this and that, and to see it happening, it takes a lot of stress off, but it’s been hectic.”