In his much anticipated return, Mounir Lazzez delivered one of Phoenix Fighting Championship’s best fights headlining Phoenix 4 against Christophe Van Dijck in Dubai.
Both Lazzez and Van Dijck came out and put it all on the line last (Friday,Dec. 22) at the Dubai World Trade Center. Unanimous the decision may have been, but one-sided the fight was not.
In the opening stanza, Lazzez was more creative in his striking, countering and delivering kicks to his opponent effectively, but Van Dijck managed to pressure Lazzez against the cage and took him down, ending up in the mount position. Things seemed to be getting tough for Lazzez, yet he was able to wall walk and reverse the position, getting back up to his feet and pressuring Van Dijck with more strikes, as Van Dijck was fighting back impressively and valiantly.
A more composed Lazzez started to open up more in the second, finding a home for his shots. Van Dijck landed some strikes of his own, but it seemed like Lazzaz was getting more and more comfortable as the fight progressed. Lazzez fainted well to set up his strikes in an explosive fashion and wore out the Belgian fighter by defending successfully against his take-down attempts.
Van Dijck kept pressuring Lazzez, who once again overwhelmed his opponent, peppering him with jabs and maintaining the distance. The third round played a huge role in the Tunisian’s victory. Lazzez managed to dictate the pace and ending the round with a takedown and securing the last minute of the fight in Van Dijck’s guard.
The fight ended in a unanimous decision victory favoring Lazzez as the winner of the main event fight. With this victory, Lazzez improved his professional record to (6-0).