Welcome to the UFC: Nasrat Haqparast

Yesterday, Nolan King from @MMATodayNews, exclusively reported that Nasrat Haqparast would be stepping in for Teemu Packalen to fight Marcin Held at UFC Gdansk, October 21. The news has since been confirmed by the UFC.

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Nasrat Haqparast

5’10”
Lightweight
22 years old
From Hamburg, Germany
Trains out of Mixed Sports Gym
8-1
100% finish rate
8 KO/TKO

How I see Nasrat Haqparast doing in the UFC:

Haqparast is an excellent prospect where, after losing his first professional bout, he has gone on a tear winning his next eight fights, looking very good in the process. Haqparast is well rounded, though, I would say his best aspect is his relentless attack. Haqparast is always moving forward throwing his hands, not with the most technique but with some power and a lot of speed, with the hands coming from every angle imaginable. The wrestling of Haqparast is solid, as he attacks and executes the double leg perfectly and is relentless with his takedowns. Haqparast’s ground and pound is so relentless and violent which is why the majority of his wins are by TKO. The pace this guy brings is crazy good. He never lets off the gas and never seems to slow down, even in the later rounds.

How I think Nasrat Haqparast matches up with Marcin Held:

Marcin is an excellent grappler. Once on top he shows a very strong submission game with improved wrestling, and his striking is coming along as well. Marcin has looked good in his last two outings but he was unfortunate with the result against Lauzon. Held got caught with a knee from Lauzon in the third round after dominating the whole fight up until then. Many including myself — and Lauzon — believe Held should’ve won the fight. I think Haqparast matches up well with Held in this fight. Ultimately, I know Haqparast is a much better fighter on the feet, both offensively and defensively. Marcin was never known for his wrestling although he did have success with his two previous opponents, but that was against Damir Hadzovic, who is more of a regional level fighter, and Joe Lauzon, who has never had good takedown defense. Held tends to slow as the fight goes on, whereas Haqparast has an incredible ability to keep up a frantic pace. I’m definitely not writing off Held as I know this is a huge step up for Haqparast, but I really like Nasrat Haqparast in this fight at UFC Gdansk.

Watch these two square off October 21, Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland, for UFC Fight Night 118 (UFC Gdansk). The card is headlined with UFC veteran and #6 ranked Welterweight, Donald Cerrone, who will take on unranked rising star Darren Till.

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