Nasrat Haqparast

Afghanistan

Can't figure out Dan Hooker
LightweightUFC
September 25, 2021
Haqparast lost to Dan Hooker via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 26-30) at UFC 266 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Although Haqparast managed to see the final bell, this clearly wasn't his night. Hooker is one of the top lightweights on the UFC roster, and Haqparast, while improving and still just 26 years of age, clearly isn't on that level yet. He allowed Hooker to control the entire pace of the fight. Haqparast was constantly backing up, and that led him to take some unnecessary chances in Round 3. They ended up not hurting him in the sense this fight went the distance, but this was a lopsided decision. Haqparast is young, plus has legitimate power and an excellent chin, so there are reasons to be optimistic moving forward. That said, he has just a 5-3 record with the UFC. He has more ability than that mark would lead you to believe.
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Work visa cleared
LightweightUFC
September 23, 2021
Haqparast has received his work visa in advance of his UFC 266 matchup against Dan Hooker on Saturday, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
There was concern earlier in the week that Haqparast would be unable to travel to the United States for Saturdays' fight, but it now appears his social media pleas were successful. The weight cut will still be worth monitoring due to a late arrival, but the main roadblock is now out of the way. The lightweight fighter is listed as roughly a (+125) underdog as of Thursday morning.
Possible visa issues
LightweightUFC
September 21, 2021
Haqparast disclosed Monday via his personal Twitter account that getting a work visa for his UFC 266 matchup against Dan Hooker would come down to the wire.
ANALYSIS
Hooker faced a similar problem with his visa leading up to the fight, but took to Twitter to lobby his embassy to expedite the process that will ultimately allow him to fight. Haqparast will now attempt to employ the same strategy that was successful for his opponent. In any case, it appears both fighters, if given proper clearance, will be arriving in Las Vegas for the event at the last minute. This will certainly make each weight cut worth monitoring. As of Tuesday afternoon, Haqparast is listed as a slight betting underdog of (+125) for the prelims matchup.
Returning in September
LightweightUFC
August 16, 2021
Haqparast (leg) will take on Dan Hooker at UFC 266 on Sept. 25, Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Haqparast defeated Rafa Garcia via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in mid-March, but he sustained a left fibula injury that led to a six-month medical suspension. He's won five of his last seven fights and will take on Hooker, who lost to Michael Chandler via TKO (punches) at 2:30 of Round 1 at UFC 257 in January. Hooker has advantages in both height and reach.
Handed six month medical suspension
LightweightUFC
March 16, 2021
Haqparast is facing a potential six-month medical suspension unless he is able to get clearance from a doctor, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Easy gets by newcomer in Vegas
LightweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.