The pair of UFC prospects are hoping to catch the eye of Dana White ahead of Tuesday’s ‘Contender Series’ match-up between the two bantamweights as part of the company’s drive to identify new talent capable of competing on the global stage – but Kahlon may have gone one step too far after he appeared to be overheard referring to Basharat as a ‘terrorist’.
Footage of the dramatic moment was captured on social media and has prompted widespread scorn towards Kahlon, who is of Israeli descent. The slur was noted when the two were posing for photographs alongside UFC official Sean Shelby – and is even more remarkable given that it was Kahlon who missed weight for their fight.
“Disgusting,” wrote MMA reporter Shaun Al-Shatti in response to the footage, which was also noted by his colleague Luke Thomas as being “utterly repulsive“.
“No place for that in this sport,” added another fan, while a third forecast that this clip may well be the entirely of Kahlon’s 15 minutes of fame in the UFC.
“Kahlon just ruining his MMA Career in one day,” they wrote.
The pre-fight histrionics between the two warring bantamweights seems to have overshadowed what was expected to be a thrilling encounter between the two undefeated prospects – with Kahlon a perfect 12-0 in his career thus far, while Basharat has posted a 10-0 record to date.
Time will tell how the UFC brass react to the latest controversial moment at a weigh-in hosted by them but as some fans are speculating, Oron Kahlon’s time at MMA’s top table may now be very temporary.
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