After a week away, we return to the APEX in Las Vegas for UFC Vegas 50 on Saturday night.
Undefeated Fighters at UFC Vegas 50 on Saturday
Before we get to the main event, we take a look at the undefeated fighters at UFC Vegas 50. Three fighters will step into the Octagon with their ‘O’ on the line. All three will be making their official Octagon debut after successful appearances on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2021.
AJ Fletcher (9-0-0, 0-0-0 UFC)
Hailing from Lafayette, LA, AJ Fletcher fights under the tutelage of Tim Credeur from the Gladiators Academy. After going 7-2 as an amatuer, Fletcher turned pro in 2019 appearing for multiple promotions including Fury FC and iKON FF. In nine straight professional victories, Fletcher has stopped his opponent in 8 of those bouts with an even split of submissions and knockouts.
The last time we saw Fletcher was on Dana White’s Contender Series in August. In that bout, ‘The Ghost’ delivered a spectacular flying knee knockout of opponent Leonardo Damiani in the very first round. Fletcher earned a contract that night and after a long wait, will finally make his official Octagon debut at UFC Vegas 50.
During the post-fight interview, Fletcher discussed his desire to stay active and also his dream of appearing on a card with fellow Lafayettien Dustin Poirier.
“I want to be active,” Fletcher said during the post-fight news conference. “I would like to try to get six fights in a year-and-a-half. That’s kind of like my timeline. As far as who it is or where it is, I’m not really sure. If Dustin (Poirier) ends up having a scrap, I would absolutely love to get on a card with Dustin. That’s like a dream scenario that I’ve been telling my brother about for like three or four years, so if that manages to happen, then terrific. If not, then I just want to fight. We’ll see where it goes, but I’m ready.”
Javid Basharat (11-0-0, 0-0-0 UFC)
Born in Afghanistan and fighting out of England, Javid Basharat made waves in November with his third round submission of Oron Kahlon on Dana White’s Contender Series. Unfortunately, most of the headlines came before the fight when Kahlon weighed in three pounds over the bantamweight limit.
Basharat expressed his frustration with Kahlon coming in overweight during a tense staredown. That’s when Kahlon turned back towards the media members and then called Basharat a “terrorist.”
“I was mad at him anyways for missing weight, but I didn’t really care cause I wanted to fight,” Basharat explained in an interview with MMA Fighting. “So I took the fight. I thought I could just let him know that. I don’t like suppressing my feelings much. I let him know [I was angry over him missing weight], and then he said that and it literally caught me by surprise.
Instead of letting the ignorant comment anger him further, Basharat formed a game plan and executed it perfectly. “I’m going to beat him up until when I’ve had enough, I’m going to submit him,” said Basharat.
Through 11 professional fights, Basharat has a 100% finish rate with eight by way of submission and four via knockout. ‘The Snow Leopard’ looks to keep his status as one of the undefeated fighters at UFC Vegas 50 when he makes his official promotional debut against Trevin Jones.
Azamat Murzakanov (10-0-0, 0-0-0 UFC)
Rounding out the undefeated fighters at UFC Vegas 50 is Azamat Murzakanov who, like his fellow undefeated fighters, will make his promotional debut after a successful appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series.
Born in Nalchik, Russia, Murzakanov is riding a 10-fight undefeated streak. Prior to his appearance on DWCS, ‘The Professional’ fought under global promotion Brave CF winning back-to-back fights in 2019 against Mohammad Fakhreddine and Guto Inocente.
In his Contender Series appearance, Murzakanov landed a big right hand to drop and finish his opponent Matheus Sheffel in August. Since then, Murzakanov has had three separate bookings fall through, the first against Marcin Prachnio in November. He was then scheduled to face Philipe Lins in December, but Lins withdrew from the bout. Murzakanov was also scheduled to be a late replacement against Jared Vanderaa in December. One day before the event, the fight was scrapped as Vanderaa was not medically cleared despite weighing in.
Hopefully the fourth booking is the charm for Murzakanov who will have a big test when he steps into the Octagon against Tafon Nchukwi who holds victories over William Knight, Jamie Pickett and most recently, Mike Rodriguez.
Which undefeated fighters at UFC Vegas 50 will keep their ‘O’ by the end of the night?
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