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Aiemann Zahabi victorious at UFC Vegas 87

Lebanon’s Aiemann Zahabi ventured to Las Vegas for UFC Vegas 87, clashing with the undefeated prospect Javid Basharat in a bantamweight showdown.

Basharat entered the night with a flawless 14-0 record, while Aiemann Zahabi, representing TriStar gym, arrived with a three-fight winning streak, featuring two finishes.

Round 1:

The opening round witnessed an exchange of kicks, with Basharat targeting Zahabi’s body and legs. Zahabi, after an off-balance moment from a swing, quickly recovered. Basharat utilized feints and side kicks, while Zahabi closed in, unleashing potent right hands. Although occasionally wild, Zahabi kept his right hand poised throughout the round. Basharat attempted a spinning kick, adjusting as Zahabi moved out of range, concluding with a body kick.

Later in the round, Basharat feigned a knee strike, opting for a kick to Zahabi’s midsection, sending him to the canvas. A series of leg kicks persuaded Basharat to switch stances.

Round 2:

Around 90 seconds into the second round, Zahabi initiated a combination, landing a decisive final punch. Basharat regrouped and resumed the attack, testing Zahabi’s chin. Basharat attempted a takedown, but Zahabi thwarted the attempt, maintaining a standing position.

Although Zahabi briefly gained control of Basharat’s neck with a stuffed takedown, Basharat escaped any transition to the back. The round concluded with an exchange, and Zahabi landed a clean left and a powerful right, visibly staggering Basharat before the horn.

Round 3:

Responding to the end of round two, Basharat aggressively attacked in the third, executing a spinning kick to the body. The round unfolded with both fighters trading blows, Zahabi incorporating occasional body shots. Zahabi landed a body kick and a jab, while Basharat connected with a right hand. In the final minute, Zahabi attempted a takedown but was thwarted. Zahabi rallied with 30 seconds left, pushing Basharat to the brink.

Zahabi secured the victory on all three scorecards, winning by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

 

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