Nasrat Haqparast eye condition scraps fight with Nad Narimani at UFC-London
At the 11th hour, the opening bout of today’s UFC Fight Night 127 card has been canceled.
“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,” the promotion stated.
Haqparast also took to Instagram to offer an update.
News regarding my fight at UFC London. 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. I had sunglasses on on the official weigh ins to not show my infected eye and still try to fight. We tried everything possible to deliver the best performance of my life. I had the best fight camp in my life with my big brothers @hhiidro @firas_zahabi and @yasserhirch. I believe that everything happens for a reason, if you trust in god, you know thats everything happens for good. I have the best coaches , brother and supporters that why we gonna reach the top of this sport. Thank you to @seanshelby and the @ufc for this amazing week they really tried everything to make this fight possible. @kings_mma@aliabdelaziz000
Haqparast vs. Narimani had been slated to open up the prelims at The O2 in London. The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.
Haqparast, from Afghanistan, lost his promotional debut this past October with a unanimous decision loss to Marcin Held at UFC Fight Night 118. The setback snapped an eight-fight winning streak.
Narimani, a former Cage Warriors champion, was tapped to step in on short notice for an injured Alex Reyes earlier this week. But now his UFC debut will be put on hold.
Narimani has won three straight fights with victories over Jeremy Petley, Daniel Requeijo and, most recently, in a title win over Paddy Pimblett at this past April’s Cage Warriors 82 to take the featherweight title. He is the latest Cage Warriors champion to make his way to the UFC, following in the footsteps of the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Brett Johns, among others.