DWCS 2022 Week 1 Breakdown and Predictions

Willian Souza (red tape) Credit: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com

Bantamweight: Farid Basharat Vs. Willian Souza

Tale of the Tape

Farid Basharat
Xtreme Couture
1 KO/TKO, 5 Submissions
Combined opponent’s record: 29-18
Willian Souza
Sao Cristovao, Sergipe, Brazil
Academia Team Figueiredo
9 KO/TKOs, 2 Submissions
Combined opponent’s record: 24-11

Pros and Cons

Farid Basharat


  • Excellent movement/footwork
  • Good shot-placement
  • Creates traps really well
  • Uses hard feints well
  • Good single leg
  • Unpredictable
  • Good jab
  • Explosive
  • Good bodywork
  • Diverse
  • Good vision
  • Scrambles well
  • Good counter striker
  • Good off his back
  • Good kicks


  • Hands low/Chin-up

Willian Souza


  • Knockout power
  • Good ground and pound/Nasty elbows
  • Fast starter


  • Wild striking
  • Hands low
  • TDD needs back
  • Questionable off his back

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Basharat
Speed: Souza
Output/Volume: Even
Kickboxing: Basharat
Striking defense: Basharat
Footwork/movement: Basharat
Wrestling: Basharat
Grappling: Basharat
More likely to finish on the mat: Basharat
Gas tank: Basharat

Prediction: Basharat is the brother of Javid Basharat who won a contract last season on the Contender Series.

Farid, just like his brother, is super talented with a lot of upsides. The biggest threat Souza brings is knockout power and given Basharat holds his hands low, there is a chance he gets caught.

The footwork of Basharat should allow him to avoid the more stationary movement of Souza however. Souza throws looping punches so the chance of him catching an evasive fighter like Basharat is unlikely. The more likely outcome in this match-up is Basharat taking Souza down and dominating the fight. Souza has shown before that he’s not good off his back and Basharat is solid all around. My prediction is Basharat looks great and ends up submitting Souza. Much like his brother, his Contender Series appearance could pave the way for a shot in the UFC.

Update, July 25, 2022: With Willian Souza missing weight, this fight has been cancelled. Read more about it here.