With assist, Nasrat Haqparast secures visa in time for UFC 266
9/23/2021 11:26:14 AM EST
Nasrat Haqparast beat the clock to secure a visa and is scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas with 24 hours to make weight for his Saturday bout at UFC 266.
Haqparast faces Dan Hooker, who had similar travel challenges, in an anticipated lightweight matchup in Nevada. His current schedule puts him on the ground about 24 hours prior to the scheduled fight.
Haqparast is flying through Germany to Las Vegas provided there are no further delays.
"Thank you to the @ufc and all the people involving for my last minute visa !" he wrote via Twitter. "Thank you to the @usconsfrankfurt and Consul General Scharpf and the visa unit. What a journey -- I'm READY !!! Kickdown Las Vegas FireFire #UFC266 @AliAbdelaziz00 @seanshelby"
One week ago, it was Hooker who went public to get an assist with his own visa to travel to Las Vegas, saying he was at his "last resort." He contacted Kevin Covert at the U.S. embassy in Auckland, New Zealand, in a plea for his guidance to push the travel visa for the scheduled work appearance.
"My visa is with the US embassy here in NZ as I fight next week in Las Vegas on #UFC266 Update today is it won't be approved until next week due to lock down which will cancel my fight. Please help."
"The embassy has my passport and all the completed documentation, all I need is it to be processed and returned," Hooker added.
"This is an absolute last resort."
The embassy quickly replied and Hooker's travel was cleared.
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