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UFC Vegas 21: Who’s Rafa Garcia?

Get to know newly-signed light-weight and undefeated prospect, Rafa Garcia, forward of his UFC debut on Saturday from Las Vegas.

Rafa Garcia is the most recent addition to the UFC’s talent-rich light-weight division. Hailing from Mexico, the 12-0 prospect made the transfer official in a current Instagram put up.

“Thank God we have already got a date and we’re greater than prepared,” Garcia wrote through translation from Instagram. “This Saturday, we went out to defend the flag within the Octagon of the UFC. We’re able to put Mexico on excessive. I hope to have all [of] your help. This goes out to all my folks. We’ll exit to complete the battle and are available out with the hand up excessive.”

Garcia will fill in on two days discover in the course of the UFC Vegas 21 preliminary card, changing Don Madge. The information was first reported by MMAFighting March 10. 

He’ll face long-time veteran, Nasrat Haqparast, in his promotional debut. Garcia’s most up-to-date victory got here in opposition to Humberto Bandenay in February, as he gained by unanimous choice throughout Combate Americas 55. Previous to the choice victory, Garcia was primarily a knockout artist, having stopped the likes of Erik Gonzalez, Estevan Payan, and LaRue Burley.

Garcia additionally holds a win over Chase Gibson, who was a DWCS alumni and final defeated Thai Clark in Oct. 2020.

Who’s Nasrat Haqparast?

Haqparast has been competing within the UFC since Oct. 2017. He has fought the likes of Joaquin Silva and Drew Dober to date, as his final outing came about in Aug. 2020. A unanimous choice win in opposition to Alex Munoz put him again within the win column for the primary time in a yr, which improved his general document to 12-3 as knowledgeable.

Equally to Garcia, Haqparast appears to be like for the end, as 9 of his 12 victories have come by KO/TKO.

Will Haqparast hand Garcia his first loss, or will Garcia begin off his UFC profession on the suitable foot? The world will know the reply Saturday evening.

UFC Vegas 21 takes place on Saturday, March 13, 2021, stay from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Observe together with FanSided for all of your stay information and highlights.