Austin Bashi looks to break Reshal Malik in XFC Young Guns 4 co-main event

With two wins in the first half of 2021, bantamweight Austin Bashi could keep things going for the second half of the year when he claimed a decisive victory over James Dunn at XFC 45 this past August.

And while Bashi may be undefeated with a win over Dunn, he feels there is room for improvement for him to put on a better performance in the near term.

“(Dunn) was a tough competitor,” Bashi told “I feel like I did pretty well, but I certainly learned a lot from that game. It is learning from that war day by day so we don’t make the same mistakes we did in that war.”

Since turning pro in November 2021, Bashi has managed to win four matches and rank fifth in his first year in the pro ranks. That’s the kind of level of activity Bashi is looking for and he feels has helped him grow as quickly as he has.

“I feel like I’ve gained a lot of experience over the past year with the games going on; both inside the cage and outside the cage,” said Bashi. “Honestly, I love fighting back to come back; how many matches can i get in a year. Ideally I’d like to get five or six in a year. I know how to speed myself up for it.

“I definitely feel like I’ve evolved a lot over the past year with everything; my highlights, my struggles, my physical abilities, my mental abilities; everything.”

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This Friday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bashi (4-0) will look to maintain his spotless record when he faces Reshal Malik (3-3-1) in the 135-pound co-main event. by XFC: Young Guns 4.

“I’m going against another tough opponent, but just like in the previous games, keep it high and keep it fast until they finally break, then when they break the ending and I’ll raise my hand,” Bashi said.

If Bashi limits the year to undefeated, he will set himself up for a big year in 2022, but for now his focus is on Friday’s fight and nothing beyond that.

“It’s my job, just fight by fighting and not look too far ahead of yourself,” Bashi said. “I’m going to fight it by fighting and see where it takes me from there.” Austin Bashi looks to break Reshal Malik in XFC Young Guns 4 co-main event

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