Marcin Held Stays on UFC Fight Night 118 Card in Poland, Now Faces Debuting Nasrat Haqparast
By: Jordan Breen Oct 10, 2017
Held will still get the chance to compete in front of his
native Polish crowd.
Held was originally scheduled to face Finland’s Teemu
Packalen in a lightweight affair at
UFC Fight Night 118 but last week, the Finn announced that he
had sustained a knee injury that would both force him out of the
fight and onto the surgeon’s table. Tuesday, the Ultimate Fighting
Championship announced that Held would still fight on the card and
will now face Octagon debutant Nasrat
UFC Fight Night 118 is scheduled for Oct. 21 at the Ergo Arena in
Gdansk, Poland, headlined by a welterweight clash between “Cowboy”
Cerrone and Darren Till.
The card, the promotions second-ever card in Poland, airs in its
entirety on UFC Fight Pass.
Held, 25, was a Bellator MMA mainstay from March 2011 to May 2016,
posting an 11-3 record in the promotion. Since signing with the UFC
however, the leglock specialist has had the toughest competitive
skid of his pro career, going 0-3 in the Octagon. Held lost
contentious decisions to veterans Diego
Sanchez and Joe Lauzon
before he was knocked flat by Damir
Hadzovic’s hail mary knee this past May.
The 22-year-old Haqparast, a native Afghani, has spent his entire
five-year pro career fighting in Germany. Now fighting out of Kings
MMA under Rafael
Cordeiro, Haqparast has won eight in a row, knocking out all of
his opponents in the process. In May, he had the longest fight of
his pro career, needing just under 12 minutes to polish off