Nasrat Haqparast


Injury Suspension
Est. Return 9/10/2021
Handed six month medical suspension
March 16, 2021
Haqparast is facing a potential six-month medical suspension unless he is able to get clearance from a doctor, reports.
Haqparast will need clearance from an orthopedic doctor for a positive result from X-ray on a left fibula to rule out a subacute fracture or he will not be able to fight until Sept. 10. Haqparast is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Rafa Garcia last Saturday. He has won five of his last six fights.
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Easy gets by newcomer in Vegas
March 13, 2021
Haqparast defeated Rafa Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Haqparast continues to go about his business. He has won five of six dating back to October 2017. The only real knock on Nasrat during that span is that four of those five wins have come via decision. He's known for his heavy hands and did an excellent job of pounding the newcomer Garcia. Garcia tried to push the pace given he took this fight on extremely short notice, but Haqparast continued to string together combinations and get out of dodge before Garcia could return fire. The next step for the 25-year-old Haqparast is to put together a strong effort against a quality opponent. He should receive a bump in competition his next time out.
Receives new opponent
March 9, 2021
Haqparast will face Rafa Garcia in a lightweight bout Saturday at UFC Fight Night 187, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Haqparast was originally a replacement for Guram Kutateladze to face Don Madge this weekend, but Madge was recently forced to bow out due to visa issues. Haqparast last fought in August and defeated Alex Munoz via unanimous decision. Garcia is making his UFC debut and is 12-0 in his professional career after defeating Humberto Bandenay at Combate Americas 55 last month.
March 13 fight up in the air
March 8, 2021
Haqparast is currently without an opponent for UFC Fight Night 187 after Don Madge was unable to fly to the U.S. because of Visa issues, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
Haqparast stepped in to fight Madge in February after Guram Kutaladze had to withdraw because of a knee injury. Madge was unable to secure a Visa appointment to travel to the U.S. and which leaves the 25-year-old without an opponent for the UFC event that is set to take place in five days. The UFC has not announced if they plan to find another challenger or if they'll just scrap the fight altogether. It would be extremely difficult to find another fighter in such a short period of time so it's likely that the fight will be taken off the card and Haqparast will be given a new bout later in the year.
Set to fight Don Madge
February 10, 2021
Haqparast (illness) will replace Guram Kutateladze and face Don Madge in a lightweight bout at the UFC's March 13 event, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Haqparast needed to drop out of UFC 257 due to an illness Jan. 22, but he was able to find a new fight quickly now that he's healthy. Haqparast comes into the fight with a 12-3-0 record, winning four of his last six fights. Haqparast could look to strike quickly, as Madge hasn't entered the Octagon since September 2019.
Out with illness
January 22, 2021
Haqparast has an illness and won't face Arman Tsarukyan at UFC 257 on Saturday, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Tsarukyan came in heavy at Friday's weigh-in and will forfeit 20 percent of the purse with new opponent Matt Frevola. Ottman Azaitar broke the COVID-19 protocols and was pulled from the card, putting Frevola in search of a new opponent. Haqparast should be able to enter the Octagon in the near future, but he'll need to wait for that opportunity to present itself.