Nasrat Haqparast

Afghanistan

Set for August 8 fight
LightweightUFC
July 7, 2020
Haqparast will fight Alex Munoz on August 8, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
A location for the fight has yet to be determined. Haqparast last entered the octagon in January when he lost to Drew Dober via TKO. Prior to that he had won three fights in a row.
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Smashed by Drew Dober
LightweightUFC
January 18, 2020
Haqparast lost to Drew Dober via TKO (punches) at 1:10 of Round 1 at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. Entering as the second biggest favorite on the entire card at -335, Haqparast barely lasted a minute. He ate one massive left hand from Dober and was unable to recover. If the loss itself wasn't bad enough, Haqparast fell victim to at least a half dozen unnecessary shots prior to the stoppage due to the incompetence of usually-solid referee Mark Smith. The setback snaps a three-fight win streak for the 24-year-old Haqparast.
Set to face Drew Dober
LightweightUFC
October 28, 2019
It was announced Sunday that Haqparast is scheduled to fight Drew Dober on Jan. 18 at a UFC event in Las Vegas, Farah Hannoun of mmajunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Haqparast dropped his match in his UFC debut but has bounced back with three consecutive victories, his latest coming in a second-round knockout over Joaquim Silva back in August. Haqparast is just 24 years old and possesses the tools to become a big name in the UFC. A victory over Dober will surely move him up in the UFC lightweight rankings.
Stock continues to rise
LightweightUFC
August 3, 2019
Haqparast defeated Joaquim Silva via KO (punches) at 0:36 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 5 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.
ANALYSIS
In a day and age where most fighters are uber-aggressive on the feet, Haqparast is the rare exception. It should come as no surprise given the fact he is a TriStar product. Haqparast tends to start slowly and Saturday was no exception. He takes his time, assesses his options, and then he attacks. After taking Round 1 on points, Haqparast smashed Silva with an over-the-top left hand and finished the fight with some additional strikes. The scariest thing of all is that Haqparast won't turn 24 years old until later this month, so the UFC might have a potential future star on their hands here. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Latest addition to Newark card
LightweightUFC
June 26, 2019
Haqparast will take on Joaquim Silva in a lightweight matchup at UFC Newark on August 3.
ANALYSIS
Haqparast has been able to generate momentum in a short, three-fight UFC career, winning back-to-back contests and earning Fight of the Night honors in his most recent outing. While that October victory against Thibault Gouti went to a decision, Haqparast was still able to produce fantasy-friendly numbers, landing 124 significant strikes in the matchup. Haqparast will now shift his focus to Silva, who has knocked out his opponent in two of his four UFC wins despite having "BJJ" in his nickname. It's a short sample size, but Haqparast has landed at a higher volume and absorbed less signficant strikes on average than Silva. He'll also enter with a two-inch height and three-inch reach advantage.
To face John Makdessi
LightweightUFC
January 30, 2019
Haqparast will square off against John Makdessi in Nashville on March 23.
ANALYSIS
Haqparast lost his UFC debut against Marcin Held back in October of 2017 but won both his fights with the promotion last year, defeated Marc Diakiese and Thibault Gouti. He'll be trying to make it three in a row against an opponent who is also searching for his third straight win.