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2013.12.28  |  hiblet approved

Siyar Bahadurzada is an Afghan welterweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He trains out of the Blackzillians camp in Boca Raton, Florida. He has notable wins over Evangelista Santos, John Alessio, and Paulo Thiago. He has previously fought for Sengoku and Shooto where he is a two time defending middleweight champion. Of his twenty one wins, seventeen have been finishes including eleven T/KOs. He has won the UFC "Knockout of the Night" award one time.


Bahadurzada began his MMA career in 2002 by quickly knocking out his opponent. Over five years, he would compile an 11-2-1 record in various promotions throughout the Netherlands. He would then work his way up the ranks in the Shooto promotion, earning a title shot against Shiko Yamashita at Shooto 4 where he would win a unanimous decision to claim the middleweight title. In 2008, he entered the Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix. He defeated Evangelista Santos in the opening round by TKO but would lose in the semi-finals by heel hook to Jorge Santiago. Siyar would defend his Shooto belt twice before entering the welterweight tournament for United Glory. With TKO's over Derrick Noble and John Alessio, he would advance to the tournament finals where he defeated Tommy Depret to win the tournament.

Siyar would become the first Afghan signed to the UFC when he was picked up by the promotion in early 2012. He was matched up against Paulo Thiago in his debut. Siyar didn't disappoint, pulling off the upset with a first round knockout which earned him "Knockout of the Night" honors. Hand injuries, which forced him from a fight with Chris Clements at UFC 149, kept him out of action for almost a year before he would face off against Dong Hyun Kim. He was outmatched in the grappling department and Kim was able to cruise to a unanimous decision victory, handing Siyar his first loss in the UFC. He was scheduled to fight Robbie Lawler, but another injury forced him from the fight. Siyar would lose a unanimous decision when he faced John Howard at UFC 168. This marked the first two fight losing streak of his career and put his UFC career in jeopardy.

hiblet
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hiblet   |   12.28.2013 9:57 PM

Updated last fight

2013.12.26  |  hiblet approved

Siyar Bahadurzada is an Afghan welterweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He trains out of the Blackzillians camp in Boca Raton, Florida. He has notable wins over Evangelista Santos, John Alessio, and Paulo Thiago. He has previously fought for Sengoku and Shooto where he is a two time defending middleweight champion. Of his twenty one wins, seventeen have been finishes including eleven T/KOs. He has won the UFC "Knockout of the Night" award one time.


Bahadurzada began his MMA career in 2002 by quickly knocking out his opponent. Over five years, he would compile an 11-2-1 record in various promotions throughout the Netherlands. He would then work his way up the ranks in the Shooto promotion, earning a title shot against Shiko Yamashita at Shooto 4 where he would win a unanimous decision to claim the middleweight title. In 2008, he entered the Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix. He defeated Evangelista Santos in the opening round by TKO but would lose in the semi-finals by heel hook to Jorge Santiago. Siyar would defend his Shooto belt twice before entering the welterweight tournament for United Glory. With TKO's over Derrick Noble and John Alessio, he would advance to the tournament finals where he defeated Tommy Depret to win the tournament.

Siyar would become the first Afghan signed to the UFC when he was picked up by the promotion in early 2012. He was matched up against Paulo Thiago in his debut. Siyar didn't disappoint, pulling off the upset with a first round knockout which earned him "Knockout of the Night" honors. Hand injuries, which forced him from a fight with Chris Clements at UFC 149, kept him out of action for almost a year before he would face off against Dong Hyun Kim. He was outmatched in the grappling department and Kim was able to cruise to a unanimous decision victory, handing Siyar his first loss in the UFC. He was scheduled to fight Robbie Lawler, but another injury forced him from the fight. Siyar will get his next shot to pick up a win when he faces John Howard at UFC 168.

hiblet
  • Location: Marshall, MN
  • Member Since: 12.10.2011

hiblet   |   12.26.2013 5:34 PM

added first paragraph and filled out his early career

2013.12.19  |  poir420 approved

Siyar Bahadurzada began his MMA career in 2002 quickly knocking out his opponent. He would then work his way of the ranks in the Shooto promotion eventually earning a title shot against Shiko Yamashita where he would win a Unanimous Decision to claim the Light Heavyweight title. In 2008 he entered the Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix. He defeated Evangelista Santos in the opening round by TKO but would lose in the semi-finals by heel hook to Jorge Santiago.

Siyar would defend his Shooto belt twice before entering the welterweight tournament for United Glory. With TKO's over Derrick Noble and John Alessio he would advance to the tournament finals where he defeated Tommy Depret to win the tournament.

Bahadurzada would become the first Afghan signed to the UFC and he was matched up against Paulo Thiago in his debut. Siyar didn't disappoint pulling off the upset with a 1st round KO and earning himself Knockout of the Night honors. Hand injuries kept him out of action for almost a year before he would face off against Dong Hyun Kim. He was outmatched in the grappling department and Kim was able to cruise to a Unanimous Decision victory handing Siyar his first loss in the UFC. Siyar will get his next shot to pick up a win when he faces John Howard at UFC 168.

2013.06.04  |  poir420 approved

Siyar Bahadurzada began his MMA career in 2002 quickly knocking out his opponent. He would then work his way of the ranks in the Shooto promotion eventually earning a title shot against Shiko Yamashita where he would win a Unanimous Decision to claim the Light Heavyweight title. In 2008 he entered the Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix. He defeated Evangelista Santos in the opening round by TKO but would lose in the semi-finals by heel hook to Jorge Santiago.

Siyar would defend his Shooto belt twice before entering the welterweight tournament for United Glory. With TKO's over Derrick Noble and John Alessio he would advance to the tournament finals where he defeated Tommy Depret to win the tournament.

Bahadurzada would become the first Afghan signed to the UFC and he was matched up against Paulo Thiago in his debut. Siyar didn't disappoint pulling off the upset with a 1st round KO and earning himself Knockout of the Night honors. Hand injuries kept him out of action for almost a year before he would face off against Dong Hyun Kim. He was outmatched in the grappling department and Kim was able to cruise to a Unanimous Decision victory handing Siyar his first loss in the UFC. Siyar will get his next shot to pick up a win when he steps in for injured Tarec Saffiedine at UFC on FOX 8 against Robbie Lawler.

2013.03.06  |  poir420 approved

Siyar Bahadurzada began his MMA career in 2002 quickly knocking out his opponent. He would then work his way of the ranks in the Shooto promotion eventually earning a title shot against Shiko Yamashita where he would win a Unanimous Decision to claim the Light Heavyweight title. In 2008 he entered the Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix. He defeated Evangelista Santos in the opening round by TKO but would lose in the semi-finals by heel hook to Jorge Santiago.

Siyar would defend his Shooto belt twice before entering the welterweight tournament for United Glory. With TKO's over Derrick Noble and John Alessio he would advance to the tournament finals where he defeated Tommy Depret to win the tournament.

Bahadurzada would become the first Afghan signed to the UFC and he was matched up against Paulo Thiago in his debut. Siyar didn't disappoint pulling off the upset with a 1st round KO and earning himself Knockout of the Night honors. Hand injuries kept him out of action for almost a year before he would face off against Dong Hyun Kim. He was outmatched in the grappling department and Kim was able to cruise to a Unanimous Decision victory handing Siyar his first loss in the UFC.

poir420
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poir420   |   03.06.2013 9:08 AM

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