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UFC on ESPN+ 32's Nasrat Haqparast not taking Alex Munoz lightly: 'Nowadays you don't know what to expect'

MMAJunkie logo MMAJunkie 8/7/2020 Farah Hannoun
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LAS VEGAS —Nasrat Haqparast may be drawing a newcomer, but that doesn’t mean he’s looking past him.

Haqparast (11-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) faces Alex Munoz Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 32, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

After scoring three-straight wins over Thibault Gouti, Marc Diakiese, and Joaquim Silva, Haqparast saw his momentum take a hit when he was stopped by Drew Dober in the first round at UFC 246.

It sent the highly-touted 24-year-old back to the drawing board, but he said he’s approaching his fight with Munoz (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) the same way he does every other bout.

“I think everybody who’s in the UFC deserves to be there, so he’s gonna be a good fighter,” Haqparast told reporters at the UFC on ESPN+ 32 virtual media day Thursday. “Everybody’s good. Nowadays you don’t know what to expect, I just prepare for everybody like it’s the best opponent of my life, it’s the last day of my life, it’s the fight of my life, so I take everybody serious. It doesn’t matter if they have one fight or 10 fights or no fights in the UFC, so I’m very prepared.”

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Haqparast spent some of his training camp in Rabat, Morocco, where fighters often travel to join brothers Ottman and Abu Azaitar, who set up camp there for a good portion of the year.

“We had a very good training camp,” said Haqparast. “We went to Morocco, my friends the Azaitar brothers, they’re also in the UFC, Ottman Azaitar, Abu Azaitar. They made a very good training camp with high-level fighters, Mark Madsen, Ismail Naurdiev, my brother Ottman Azaitar, Abu Azaitar, world-class kickboxers, champion from ONE FC and we had a very strong group of some jiu-jitsu black belts, some Olympic-level wrestlers. We had a good few weeks there and it was an amazing time.”

UFC on ESPN+32 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+.


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