Farid Basharat has signed with the UFC. The Afghan bantamweight is following in the footsteps of his brother who was also picked up by the promotion after impressing on Dana White’s Contender Series.

Basharat beat Allan Begosso by decision on Tuesday and was immediately told he had earned a UFC contract:

Afghan pride

He becomes the third Afghan fighter on the roster joining Javid Basharat, his brother, and Nasrat Haqparast. The 25 year old made his debut as an amateur in 2016.

Just like his brother he brings an undefeated record into the UFC. Both of them were born in Paktia and came to England as refugees when they were children.

They are now based in London although both brothers have been spending time training in Las Vegas. Javid Basharat faces Tony Gravely at UFC Vegas 60 this weekend.


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Ground and pound

The brothers both came to England via a notorious refugee camp in Pakistan. In his latest Instagram post Basharat celebrates being signed by the UFC,

“Not bad for two boys from Shamshato Camp,” he writes.

Begosso did pose Basharat some problems in the opening round. But the Brazilian faded from the fight as he was repeatedly taken down and subjected to a barrage of ground and pound.

Basharat could not find the finish but the fight was so lopsided that two judges scored it 30-26 with the other having it as 30-27 in favour of the Afghan. His brother was in is corner and this weekend the roles will be reversed.

Sibling success

They become the latest set of siblings to sign with the UFC. Nick and Nate Diaz are the most famous but the latter could be set for pastures new after fighting out his contract with the win over Tony Ferguson last weekend.

Valentina Shevchenko and Antonina Shevchenko have been the most successful with the former holding the flyweight title. It is a belt she has successfully defended seven times.

Brazilian brothers Gilbert Burns and Herbert Burns are both well established in their respective divisions. The latter is currently #4 at welterweight while the former is unranked and both hold BJJ black belts.

Meanwhile Dominick Reyes, who would go on to establish himself as one of the top light heavyweights on the roster, was signed at around the same time as younger brother Alex Reyes. But the welterweight has only ever fought once inside the octagon after suffering a spinal infection.