Weight class: bantamweight
Results: Javid Basharat beat. Oron Kahlon via submission (guillotine choke) – round 3, 4:12
Class: A +
Summary: In what was by far my favorite performance of the night, Javid Basharat gets an elusive A + for serving karma with style points against Oron Kahlon.
After Basharat refused to shake Kahlon’s hand for unprofessional lack of weight in their fight, the Israeli fighter responded by calling his opponent of Afghan descent a “terrorist.”
While I certainly enjoyed seeing someone pay for this kind of behavior inside the cage, Kahlon isn’t the first fighter we’ve seen on these kinds of platforms say the racist rhetoric, because I hope Dana White and the UFC take a longer stance against fighters who fuel the current climate of hate tendencies (e.g. the rise of everything from sinophobia to transphobia used to draw attention to the fights).
But before I stray too far from the topic, I will rightly bring attention back to Basharat.
Not only did Basharat demonstrate supreme class in the way he dealt with Kahlon, the Afghan also demonstrated a solid depth of competence in all areas. Whether Basharat was flowing brilliantly from body to legs or jostling himself with the urgency needed for bantamweight, there is a lot to love about this fighter.
Even though you can hypothetically go in a lot of different directions with a guy like Basharat from a matchmaking perspective, I wouldn’t mind seeing him against someone like Mana Martinez or Johnny Munoz to start his UFC journey.