Nad Narimani, 30, of Bristol, England was supposed to make his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on March 17, 2017 at “UFC Fight Night 127” at the O2 Arena in London, England. However, his opponent Nasrat Haqparast, 22, of Hamburg, Germany was pulled from the competition due to health concerns.
The bout between Narimani and Haqparast was supposed to be the first fight of the evening. In a statement, the UFC said, “Based on advice from the UFC medical team on Saturday morning, Nasrat Haqparast was deemed unfit to fight due to an infectious eye condition and his bout against Nad Narimani has been cancelled.”
Haqparast took to Instagram to explain the cancellation of his lightweight bout against Narimani. The Afghan-German fighter wrote, “We’re sitting in the locker room and it’s just 1 hour left to the fight but unfortunately the UFC doctors stopped my fight.”
“I got an eye infection on fight week, got 3 different medications and from day to day it became worst,” Haqparast explained. “I had sunglasses on on the official weigh ins to not show my infected eye and still try to fight.”
Originally, Alex “The Executioner” Reyes, 31, of California, United States was scheduled to be Haqparast’s opponent at “UFC Fight Night 127.” After an injury, Reyes was pulled out from the competition and was replaced by Narimani over one week’s notice.
Currently, Haqparast holds a record of 8 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Narimani has 10 wins and 2 losses.
“UFC Fight Night 127” was supposed to mark Haqparast’s second UFC bout. He made his promotional debut on October 21, 2017 at “UFC Fight Night 118” where he lost to Marcin Held, 26, of Tychy, Poland via unanimous decision.
On the main event of “UFC Fight Night 127,” Alexander “Drago” Volvov, 29, of Moscow, Russia knocked out Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum, 40, of California via punches in the fourth round. Here is the post-fight interview with the Russian heavyweight fighter in the cage: