Alex Reyes Injured, Replacements Campaigning for Haqparast Bout at UFC London
UFC London is ten days away, but fight drama recently made headlines. A scheduled lightweight bout between Nasrat Haqparast (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Alex Reyes (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will undergo change, as Reyes suffered an injury per GNP1. While the nature of the injury is unknown as of now, possible replacements are clamoring for a spot on UFC London. It is unclear if the twenty-two year old Haqparast will remain on the card, but the following fighters are the most likely suitors to keep him in action.
Mike Grundy (11-1 MMA)
English native Mike Grundy (11-1 MMA) was the first to offer his services after Reyes’ injury was reported. Grundy and his teammate, UFC welterweight star Darren Till, took to Twitter to get the fight.
Grundy, a stellar wrestler, medaled at the Commonwealth games. In addition, Grundy has amassed an impressive 11-1 record in MMA. He has competed in BAMMA, ACB, Shooto, and other promotions, but is looking to add the UFC to that list against Haqparast.
Grundy spoke to MMANytt’s Jim Edwards via text message, where he wrote, “‘I’m 100% up for it…I’m in the gym every day training with killers. This is my opportunity and I’m ready and willing to take the fight. They just need to give me the call.”
Damien Brown (17-12 MMA, 2-4 UFC)
Damien “Beatdown” Brown has become a bonus-winning staple in the UFC. The Australian has earned a reputation as an exciting, take-on-all-comers brawler. He took to Twitter to earn a place on the UFC London card, as well. While Brown is coming off of a three-fight losing streak, his last two fights (with Frank Camacho and Dong Hyun Kim, respectively) were both split decisions.
“Beatdown” voiced his interest in a matchup with Haqsparat on Twitter, stating that he could make weight and fight at UFC London.
Te Edwards (5-1 MMA)
Te Edwards, an MMA Lab product, revealed on Facebook that he was in the running to replaced Reyes, too. Citing text messages from Jason House of the Iridium Sports Agency management team, Edwards revealed that preparations were discussed to face Haqsparat.
Rumor is a 155er could be off the London card next week and prospect Te Edwards could get the call up. It could be Stevie Ray, Kajan Johnson, Alex Reyes, or Nasrat Haqparast that could be off the card. Edwards is 5-1 on a four-fight win streak and trains out of the MAMA Lab. pic.twitter.com/3DHxqcwoei— Shawn Bitter (@mmawizzard) March 8, 2018
Edwards, who has fought for RFA, Bellator, and Tachi Palace Fights, is riding a four-fight winning streak. Even more impressively, all four wins have come by way of knockout.
As of now, it appears that Grundy, Brown, and Edwards are the most likely candidates to replace Alex Reyes against Nasrat Haqparast at UFC London. If any of these three get the call, fans should expect a great fight. It will be interesting to see what the UFC, or Haqparast himself, decide to do here.