Javid Basharat thinks he and Sean O’Malley are destined to meet in the octagon one day. “The Snow Leopard” is set to make his octagon debut this weekend at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev.
According to Basharat, a confrontation between him and O’Malley is inevitable, although it may seem far-fetched at the moment. Basharat told James Lynch in an exclusive interview for Sportskeeda:
“100%, me and [Sean] O’Malley will meet somewhere on the line. Now, that seems a bit unrealistic because he’s in the top ten/top fifteen. If he loses, he is out of the standings again. I’m your boy, I’ll be ready to fight him anytime. But at the same time, I believe in the future, we will definitely meet.”
Watch our exclusive interview with Javid Basharat below:
Basharat also revealed that he won’t be targeting top ranked bantamweights like Marlon Moraes and Song Yadong yet. While not lacking in preparation, the 26-year-old thinks it will be crazy to chase down a ranked fighter immediately.
Javid Basharat got his UFC contract with a win over Oron Kahlon on The Dana White Contender Series in October last year. Enraged by his opponent’s racial slurs, Basharat punished the Israeli fighter for two rounds before locking a guillotine to win the fight in round three.
The 26-year-old currently holds a perfect 11-0 record with all of his wins by stoppage.
“Just mentioning Conor’s name is pretty ridiculous” – Javid Basharat says Islam Makhachev deserves next lightweight title
Dana White recently announced that Islam Makhachev will have to go through Beneil Dariush to earn a shot at the lightweight title. The UFC boss also hasn’t ruled out the idea of number nine-ranked Conor McGregor getting a title shot upon his return to the octagon.
Javid Basharat was asked to weigh in on the UFC lightweight title picture during his interview with Sportskeeda. Although managed by the same team as ‘The Notorious’, Basharat revealed that his loyalty has always been with Team Nurmagomedov.
The Afghan fighter thinks it’s ridiculous to mention McGregor’s name in title talks. Basharat further told James Lynch:
“What Conor [McGregor]. I am team Islam [Makhachev] All day I was team Khabib [Nurmagomedov] even before… islam for me he should be the next to win the title. Even mentioning Conor’s name is pretty ridiculous. But then again, I can’t hate Conor too much either because, go make your money, go do your thing. And Conor is a good fighter, not anymore, but he was a good fighter once.”