With the hype surrounding Nasrat Haqparast heading into UFC 246, Drew Dober shut him down in just 70 seconds to earn his second straight knockout victory.
Lightweights Drew Dober and Nasrat Haqparast opened up the televised card at UFC 246 on Saturday night. The first fight on ESPN of 2020, the pairing saw both men entering the fight off of winning performances. Haqparast, in fact, started the night on a three-fight win streak, having piled up victories over Marc Diakiese, Thibault Gouti, and Joaquim Silva.
Dober, meanwhile, was 4-1 in his past five bouts, most recently defeating Marco Polo Reyes back in June.
Dober and Haqparast got it going right away. They were trading blows, then Haqparast threw a kick and let his hand drop. Dober took advantage and threw a blistering left hand that dropped the up-and-comer. Dober jumped on top and unleashed heavy ground-and-pound with that same left hand. Shortly after, the referee had seen enough and jumped in to stop the contest just 70 seconds in.
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After the fight, Dober proclaimed that he is entering his prime as a 31-year-old and that he can knock out anyone in the top 10 of the lightweight division.
Drew Dober def. Nasrat Haqparast by TKO (Left Straight) in Round 1 (1:10)