Nasrat Haqparast vs. John Makdessi Set For February 19 UFC Event

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Nasrat Haqparast, UFC 266 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

A pair of hard-hitting UFC lightweights will collide in February.

ESPN was first to report the news that Nasrat Haqparast will fight John Makdessi on February 19 at a yet-to-be-announced UFC fight night. A source close to the situation subsequently confirmed the lightweight fight to Cageside Press.

Haqparast (13-4) is fresh off a unanimous decision loss to Dan Hooker at UFC 266 in September, in which he had his two-fight win streak snapped. The German fighter had to jump through several hoops in order for the fight to take place. Before his recent loss, he defeated Rafa Garcia and Alexander Munoz.

Makdessi (18-7) is coming off a war with Ignacio Bahamondes that took place back in April, in which he won via split decision. The long time UFC veteran is 4-1 in his last five with wins over Ross Pearson, and Abel Trujillo, and is looking to make a last career push towards the top of the lightweight division.

The UFC’s February 19, 2022 event does not have an official location, venue, or broadcast plan announced. The following fights have been reported for the event:

  • Jesse Strader vs. Chad Anheliger
  • Austin Lingo vs. Jonathan Pearce
  • Chas Skelly vs. Mark Striegl
  • Kyle Daukaus vs. Julian Marquez
  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. John Makdessi