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Bobby Green vs. Nasrat Haqparast Booked for UFC 271 on Feb. 12 in Houston


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The Ultimate Fighting Championship is building up its Houston return to include an impressive offering of matchups, with the latest fun one at 155 pounds.

MMA reporter Walter Salcido released news on Thursday of the UFC 271 matchup between Bobby Green (28-12-1) and Nasrat Haqparast (13-4). The lightweights will go to battle inside the Toyota Center in Houston on Feb. 12, and their placement on the billing whether on the main card or preliminaries has yet to be determined. Green has since posted about his excitement to return to Houston, and confirmed the pairing itself on his Instagram Stories.

In his last time out in November, Green punched out Al Iaquinta in 2:25 to earn his first stoppage win since 2013. The victory put an end to a two-fight skid that saw him fall short to Rafael Fiziev and Thiago Moises by close decision in each ? although a myriad of observers including the three official Sherdog scorers had Green defeating Moises. The knockout of Iaquinta put an end to a streak of 10 consecutive bouts for Green that went the distance.

Haqparast on the other hand is coming off of a loss sustained to Dan Hooker in September. The setback halted a two-fight stretch of unanimous decision victories for the German, with wins over Alex Munoz and Rafa Garcia leading up to the Hooker matchup. Haqparast debuted in 2017 against Marcin Held, dropping a unanimous decision but coming back strong with three straight wins over Marc Diakiese, Thibault Gouti and Joaquim Silva. The lone knockout loss of his career came to Drew Dober, whom he faced after Silva.

On Feb. 12, the Toyota Center in Houston will be packed with fans for UFC 271, who will be in the building to see Israel Adesanya rematch Robert Whittaker for the middleweight strap. The co-headliner also comes at 185 pounds, as Jared Cannonier takes on Derek Brunson with championship implications likely on the line. Other bouts likely put high on the card include a flyweight clash between Alex Perez and Matt Schnell, as well as a lightweight battle between Alexander Hernandez and Renato Carneiro.

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