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We have a clash in the Lightweight division, as Nasrat Haqparast takes on John Makdessi. A loser of two straight, Haqparast comes into this fight looking to rebound. Having been with the promotion since 2017, Haqparast has gone through periods of good and bad. With a 5-4 record though inside the octagon, it would be wise for Haqparast to start kicking it into gear. Meanwhile, Makdessi makes his first appearance of 2022. A winner of four of his last five fights, Makdessi should be garnering a bigger fight. However, inactivity has been a buzzkill, as those five fights have come within nearly a five year span.
While both men are going in opposite directions, this is a solid matchup that should result in an entertaining standup battle. One in which I believe Haqparast will win. The reason I believe that, is Haqparast has the volume and striking defense to match Makdessi. However, Haqparast has a clear power edge and unlike Makdessi, isn’t necessarily known to start slow. Throw in the fact that Makdessi wears the damage, and I could see Haqparast doing a number on the Canadian’s face. So much so that, the damage will hard to ignore in the judges scorecards. So with that said, I predict that Haqparast will win via decision.