DWCS 2022 Week 8 Breakdown and Predictions

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Farid Basharat and Allan Begosso, Dana White's Contender Series 54
Farid Basharat and Allan Begosso, Dana White's Contender Series 54 Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

We’re in the home stretch, with just a few episodes of Dana White’s Contender Series Season 6 to go. This week on DWCS, episode 8 brings you Farid Basharat, brother of last year’s winner Javid Basharat.

Farid had been scheduled to compete in July, but a weight miss by opponent Willian Souza scratched the fight at weigh-ins. Now, he gets the opportunity to join his brother in the UFC opposite LFA veteran Allan Begosso.

Our picks and predictions are in for Week 8 — read on!

Farid Basharat, Dana White's Conetnder Series (DWCS)
Farid Basharat, Dana White’s Contender Series Season 6 Week 1 Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press
Bantamweight: Allan Begosso Vs. Farid Basharat

Tale of the tape

Allan Begosso
26-years-old
5’5″
Brazil/US
Team Alpha Male
7-1-1
3 KO/TKOs, 3 Submissions
Combined opponent’s record: 23-8
Farid Basharat
24-years-old
5’6″
Afghanistan/England
Xtreme Couture
8-0
1 KO/TKO, 5 Submissions
Combined opponent’s record: 29-18

Pros and Cons

Allan Begosso

Pros

  • Heavy hands
  • Good feints
  • Explosive
  • Good head movement
  • Dangerous in flurries
  • Fast starter
  • Submission threat/Dangerous guillotine

Cons

  • TDD needs work
  • Loads up at times
  • Flat-footed at times

Farid Basharat

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Hands low/Chin up

Who has the advantage?

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

Prediction: Farid Basharat was supposed to fight in week one of the Contender Series but his opponent Willian Souza pulled out after missing weight. Now he fights against a much better opponent in Allan Begosso.

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 Begosso brings is his knockout power and given Basharat holds his hands low there is a chance he gets caught.

Begosso is also a threat with his front head locks/guillotine. I do believe Basharat is defensively responsible enough to avoid leaving his neck out there. The footwork of Basharat should allow him to avoid the more stationary movement of Begosso. I believe the biggest opening for Basharat is to take this fight down. Although Begooso does have credible grappling his takedown defense is an issue.

If you mix in all the tools/weapons Basharat has, he should win this fight. I really like Begosso as a prospect but I think Basharat is the real deal.

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