Haqparast & Reyes Slated For UFC London
On Sunday, UFC officials announced that Nasrat Haqparast will fight Alex Reyes in a lightweight bout at UFC London on March 17. It is a welcome booking for both men who are coming off losses in short-notice debuts for the promotion.
Reyes found himself on the losing end of a first-round knockout against Mike Perry in September, stepping in on just three days’ notice for Thiago Alves. That loss snapped a 13-fight win streak for “The Executioner”, who will return to his natural weight class of 155 pounds for this next fight.
Also hoping to get a second chance to make a first impression is Haqparast, a 22-year-old prospect who fights out of Hamburg. Haqparast replaced an injured Teemu Packalen on less than two weeks’ notice and subsequently lost a unanimous decision to Marcin Held at UFC Gdansk in October.
UFC Fight Night 127 is scheduled for the O2 Arena in London, England. A main event has yet to be announced.