Welcome back to Prelim Preview where we look at the prelims of each UFC card and get to know tomorrow’s stars for the UFC. On this edition, we’re looking at UFC Vegas 67 and specifically a battle between two undefeated prospects in Mateus Mendonca and Javid Basharat. Catch up on the previous Prelim Preview on Priscila Cachoeira vs. Sijara Eubanks here!
Mateus Mendonca: 10-0 Record, 3 KO/TKO’s, 3 Submissions – UFC Vegas 67
Mateus Mendonca comes in a Contender Series veteran having won his bout in September by a right cross and some brutal ground and pound less than a minute into the fight. That was enough to punch his ticket to the UFC and now he debuts at UFC Vegas 67 to kick off the new year. Undefeated at 10-0, Mendonca has three wins by knockout or TKO and three subs, an armbar, triangle and kimura.
His fastest win came in 2019 when he knocked out Watson de Castro in just 13 seconds. The bantamweight contender has some decent wins including the win over Ashiek Ajim on the Contender Series. But he’s also beat Pedro Nobre and Rudson Caliocane as well.
According to Tapology, Mateus Mendonca is the 109th best bantamweight fighter in the world and the number 22 bantamweight prospect in Brazil!
Javid Basharat: 13-0 Record, 4 KO/TKO’s, 6 Submissions
Javid Basharat is also a Contender Series veteran coming into UFC Vegas 67. He defeated Oron Kahlon via guillotine in 2021 and punched his ticket. At 13-0, the Afghanistan native has been perfect throughout his career. He’s had six submission wins and four wins coming by way of knockout.
A pro since 2016, Basharat made his way through the regional scene and made his first big splash in 2017 on BAMMA 31 with a guillotine win over Tony Hall. He continued to fight his way up until he defeated Aleksandr Bezkorovainiy, one of Eastern Europe’s best prospects, at Oktagon 19. That earned him the call up against Kahlon to fight on the Contender Series where he won his contract.
Since joining, Javid Basharat has gone 2-0 in the UFC, winning via decision both times. But the competition has been quality with the two coming over Trevin Jones and Tony Gravely. Basharat looks to keep the ball rolling against a tough Mendonca and continue his rise through the UFC’s tough bantamweight division.
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In addition to covering MMA for My MMA News, Blaine Henry, the author, also analyzes fights from all combat sports across the globe.