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Contender Series Week 9 Weigh-in Face-Off Marred by ‘Terrorist’ Taunt

There will be an additional feud in the bantamweight bout between Oron Kahlon and Javid Basharat in the 9th week of Dana White’s Contender series.

After the weigh-in on Monday morning, Kahlon, who is originally from Israel, is heard calling his opponent a “terrorist” during a confrontation. Basarat is based in England with the London Shootfighters but is originally from Afghanistan.

Perhaps some of the tension during the face-off came from Kahlon’s fights on the scales, as he lost three pounds during the fight, which led Basarat to refuse a handshake from his opponent. The two exchanged words before the mockery and Basarat admitted that he heard the insult in a post on his Instagram account.

“This woman wanted a way out by losing three kilos of weight,” Basarat wrote. “I told him I would continue to scream at him, then he called me a terrorist. [He] he wanted a reaction, again he wanted a way out. Unfortunately for him, I’m not going anywhere! “I look forward to seeing him tomorrow.”

Basarat has 10-0 in his professional career and if he signs, he will join Nasrat Haqparast as the second Afghan fighter in the UFC roster. The 40-year-old Kahlon is 12-0 with all his victories coming from a distance.

The Contender series airs Tuesday on ESPN + starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.