Prospect Watch Sherdog: Javid Basharat


Javid Basharat will become the third Afghan man – Siyar Bahadurzada and Nasrat Haqparast were the first two – to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he takes on Trevin Jones in a three-round bantamweight affair as part of the UFC Fight undercard. Night 203 in March. 12 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. “The Snow Leopard” boasts an eye-catching 11-0 record with 11 finishes. However, Basharat’s opponents sport a combined rating of 48-88 (.353). Still, his career can be split into two distinct parts, and the opposition during the second half of his pro run has a much better .830 winning percentage. Basharat and his mother fled war-torn Afghanistan when he was 5 and fled to England, where they joined his father. He began his mixed martial arts journey at the London Shootfighters, and while most of the stars of the famous gym were polished attackers – see Michael Page – he showed versatility on the feet and on the mat. Most of Basharat’s wins have come via submission, but he can also end with strikes, as evidenced by his five wins by knockout or technical knockout.

The former FightStar Championship titleholder made his professional debut in 2016. The first half of his career passed relatively uneventfully, as he went through one mate after another, a common practice for up-and-coming fighters. in England. His most notable win of that span was a second-round submission of Tony Hall. They locked horns under the banner of the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts on September 15, 2017. Basharat mostly dominated his canvas counterpart in the first round. The middle stanza lasted just long enough for the Afghans to land a few punches, take Hall down and seize the moment by locking in a fight-ending guillotine choke. The tapout ended it at 1:42 of the second round.

The second half of Basharat’s career began with his title fight at FightStar Championship 18. There he faced Wisam Mamoka, who was competing after a three-year layoff but carrying an unblemished 5-0 record. They clashed right out of the gate. Perhaps it was due to the ring rusting, but Mamoka’s punches seemed less effective than his opponent’s. Basharat seemed to read it like an open book, as he dodged Mamoka’s blows and retaliated with punches and kicks. A combination rocked Mamoka and left him on unsteady legs. Basharat racked up the punishment, eventually forcing the referee to intervene after just 51 seconds.

After forcing a doctor stoppage on Nicolas Savio due to a cut inflicted on his elbow, Basharat traveled to the Czech Republic to face Alexander Bezkorovayny in the Okatagon MMA organization. The London-based prospect forced Bezkorovayny to tap out a brabo choke in the second round of their Oktagon MMA 19 couple on Dec. 5, 2020. The performance earned Basharat the opportunity to compete ahead of the UFC brass on Contender Series by Dana White. He met Oron Kahlon on October 26, 2021. Hours before the fight, Khalon made the wrong kind of headlines for dropping three pounds in weight before accusing Basharat of being a terrorist during their ceremonial showdown. Basharat kept his cool and pushed his overweight opponent inside the cage the next day. After inflicting heavy damage on Kahlon and dominating him throughout the clash, Basharat forced him to the guillotine at 4:12 of Round 3. The 26-year-old’s efforts paid off by a UFC contract.


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