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Tristar Gym’s Nasrat Haqparast earns 3rd UFC win, knocks out Joaquim Silva at ‘UFC on ESPN 5’ in Newark, New Jersey

Fighting out of Hamburg, Germany, Nasrat Haqparast, 23, was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 5.” It was the Afghan-German mixed martial artist’s third victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Born to Afghan refugees in Hamburg on August 22, 1995, Haqparast was 14 years old, his parents sent him to a kickboxing class to help him lose weight. However, he decided to join the MMA class instead.

Haqparast trains at Tristar Gym in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is also where former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Georges “GSP” St-Pierre, 38, of Canada currently trains.

St-Pierre and Tristar Gym head trainer Firas Zahabi were in Haqparast’s corner at “UFC on ESPN 2.” The Afghan-German fighter shared, “I feel unbeatable with these guys in the corner.”

“UFC on ESPN 5” marked Haqparast’s fourth UFC outing. The first two opponents the Tristar Gym athlete defeated in the promotion were Marc “Bonecrusher” Diakiese, 26, of Doncaster, England and Thibault “GT” Gouti, 32, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Featuring 12 MMA bouts, “UFC on ESPN 5” took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, United States on August 3, 2019. In the 10th bout of the evening, Haqparast competed in the lightweight division against Joaquim “Netto BJJ” Silva, 30, of Brazil with Herb Dean as the referee.

Dean put a stop to the lightweight contest after 36 seconds in the second round. Haqparast knocked out Silva via punches.

“I don’t call out any names,” the Afghan-German MMA fighter said in his post-fighter interview. “Just bring whoever.”

Winning at “UFC on ESPN 5” improved Haqparast’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 2 losses. Silva also now has 11 wins and 2 losses.

Including Afghanistan, Brazil and Germany, 11 countries were represented at “UFC on ESPN 2.” The others were Czech Republic, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Poland, Serbia, South Korea and the U.S.

While Haqparast solely represented both Afghanistan and German, Silva was one of the two representatives of Brazil. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the Afghan-German fighter:

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