Jason Solomon participated in one of the most viewed fights in MMA history. Unfortunately for the Indian it went viral because he spent several minutes taunting his opponent only to get knocked out in nine seconds.
It is a moment he is never likely to live down and the fight has been shared and viewed by millions of people across every single social media platform.
Solomon did not fight at all for a year after that loss. Whether it was due to the damage done by Amitesh Chaubey or the humiliation caused when the footage went viral we don’t know.
But he has won five of his seven fights since then and holds a record of 9-3. The Indian will be fighting for a title at Matrix Fight Night 13, his original opponent withdrew and the promotion decided to let him challenge for the belt instead.
Solomon had been booked to face Pawan Maan, who beat him at Matrix Fight Night 4, in a non title fight. But instead he finds himself challenging welterweight champion Darkhanbek Ergeshov (10-2) in Uttar Pradesh on October 28th.
As previously announced Abdul Azim Badakhshi has finally been welcomed back into the fold by Matrix Fight Night. He managed to get not only himself but every single other fighter banned by the promotion after starting a riot last year.
It appears all has been forgiven and forgotten because Badakhshi has been booked to face Hae Jin Park in a featherweight bout at Matrix Fight Night 13. The bout will have been put together by newly appointed matchmaker Krishna Shroff, who just happens to be the Afghan’s long term girlfriend.
It was her mother, Ayesha Shroff, who announced that she was banning all Afghan fighters after the brawl at Matrix Fight Night 9. Badakhshi is alleged to have led an angry mob of Afghans and assaulted Indian fighter Srikant Sekhar.
Badakhshi (13-3) has not fought for nearly 18 months. He was last seen at Matrix Fight Night 8 beating Brazilian Fabricio Oliveira by decision.
Park (10-3) is one of the top featherweights in Korea. He holds a win over Soo Chul Kim but is coming off a decision loss to Shutaro Debana at Road FC 64.
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Badakhshi has been handed co-main event status on this fight card. Headlining the event will be a featherweight title fight with Sanjeet Budhwar rematching Shyam Anand.
Budhwar (9-2) won the title by beating Atabek Abdimitalipov at Matrix Fight Night 10 and will be defending it for the first time. He comes into this contest on the back of three straight wins.
Anand (4-1) has won four in a row. The only loss of his entire career came at the hands of Budhwar who beat him at Matrix Fight Night 4 back in 2020.
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Best of the rest
In the flyweight division Govind Singh (7-2) faces (Clinton D’Cruz (5-0). The latter has already won four out of four for Matrix Fight Night and must be close to contention for a title shot.
He isn’t the only undefeated flyweight on the card. Nongmaithem Bon Jovi (4-2) will be praying he can cause an upset against Arshiyan Memon (5-0) who will be looking for his third straight Matrix Fight Night win.