April 17, 1984 |
|Other names||The Killer, The Great|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (205 lb),
Middleweight (185 lb),
Welterweight (170 lb)
|Reach||72.5 in (184 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Deventer, Netherlands|
Reign Training Center
Kingdom of Mayhem
|Years active||2001 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Siyar Bahadurzada (born April 17, 1984) is an Afghan mixed martial artist currently fighting at Welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has also fought at Middleweight and is a former Shooto Middleweight Champion and has also fought for World Victory Road in Japan.
Early life and education
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Bahadurzada, was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 17, 1984. He grew up in a Muslim family in Afghanistan, experiencing the Soviet war in Afghanistan and the Taliban's oppression. After 15 years his family moved to the Netherlands in 1999.
Bahadurzada's grandfather gave him the name "The Killer" when Siyar beat up kids who were older than him at a young age. Siyar began to train under Martijn de Jong at the Tatsujin dojo. De Jong is well respected in the Dutch community as an MMA authority and quickly took Bahadurzada as a student.
Mixed martial arts career
A veteran of the Shooto organization, he is the former Shooto Middleweight Champion. Bahadurzada made the transition to Japanese MMA by fighting for World Victory Road on their Sengoku events. He advanced to the semifinals of their Middleweight tournament but lost to Jorge Santiago.
On August 27, 2009 Siyar successfully defended his Shooto Middleweight Championship title against Leandro Silva in Shooto 13 by way of TKO (punches) in the first round.
Siyar fought and defeated Derrick Noble via first round KO, who was replacing his original opponent Nick Thompson at the Ultimate Glory 2010 event on October 16, 2010. Siyar fought veteran Canadian fighter John Alessio on March 19, 2011, and won his second straight fight by KO. The fight had started out slow for the first minute, until Bahadurzada landed a right hook and followed with a flurry of punches and knees. He won the tournament on May 28, 2011 by defeating Tommy Depret via TKO in the final round.
Siyar then signed a 4-fight contract with Strikeforce, but like many of the Golden Glory team signed to the organization, his promotional debut was delayed. Siyar gave an interview for Strikeforce, which can be heard on his Facebook profile. Bahadurzada waited for a fight from Strikeforce but never acquired a visa. He later commented in January 2011 on the scenario and expressed displeasure, saying he would never fight for the promotion. Scott Coker replied during an interview with Ariel Helwani by saying that Siyar had to first get a P1 visa.
He has trained with fighters such as Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Sergei Kharitonov, Gegard Mousasi, Muhammed Lawal, Rashad Evans, Mark Munoz, Jason Miller and other UFC and Strikeforce fighters.
Bahadurzada left Golden Glory in 2012 citing trust issues with the management. He signed a contract with AMC management and joined the Blackzilians team.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On September 30, 2011 Siyar announced he had signed with the UFC. He was expected to face Erick Silva on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142. However, Bahadurzada pulled out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Carlo Prater.
Bahadurzada fought Paulo Thiago on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 2 and won by KO at 42 seconds of the first round, earning him Knockout of the Night honors, he became the first man to knock out Thiago. 
Bahadurzada was expected to face Thiago Alves on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149, replacing an injured Yoshihiro Akiyama. However, on June 1, Alves pulled out of the bout citing an injury  and was replaced by Chris Clements. Bahadurzada then himself had to withdrawal from the fight due to a hand injury, and was replaced with Matthew Riddle.
Bahadurzada was expected to face Robbie Lawler on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8, replacing an injured Tarec Saffiedine. However, on July 11, it was announced that Bahadurzada also pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Bobby Voelker.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Professional Shooto Japan
- Shooto Middleweight Championship (One time)
- Two successful title defenses
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||21 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||21–6–1||John Howard||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 168||December 28, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||21–5–1||Dong Hyun Kim||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann||March 3, 2013||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||21–4–1||Paulo Thiago||KO (punch)||UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva||April 14, 2012||1||0:42||Stockholm, Sweden||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||20–4–1||Tommy Depret||TKO (punches)||UG 14||May 28, 2011||2||4:16||Moscow, Russia||Welterweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||19–4–1||John Alessio||TKO (punches and knees)||UG 13||March 19, 2011||1||1:55||Charleroi, Belgium||Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||18–4–1||Derrick Noble||TKO (punches)||UG 12||October 16, 2010||1||1:54||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||17–4–1||Carlos Alexandre Pereira||KO (punch)||Shooto 17||August 6, 2010||1||1:34||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Defended the Shooto Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||16–4–1||Robert Jocz||Decision (majority)||UG 11||October 17, 2009||3||5:00||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||15–4–1||Leandro Silva||TKO (punches)||Shooto 13||August 27, 2009||1||3:14||Ceara, Brazil||Defended the Shooto Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||14–4–1||Jorge Santiago||Submission (heel hook)||Sengoku 6||November 1, 2008||1||1:10||Saitama, Japan||Sengoku Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||14–3–1||Evangelista Santos||TKO (injury)||Sengoku 5||September 28, 2008||1||0:22||Tokyo, Japan||Sengoku Middleweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Loss||13–3–1||Kazuo Misaki||Submission (guillotine choke)||Sengoku 1||March 5, 2008||2||2:02||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13–2–1||Nathan Schouteren||Submission (strikes)||UG 6||November 17, 2007||1||4:17||Ede, Netherlands|
|Win||12–2–1||Shiko Yamashita||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto 4||July 15, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won the Shooto Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||11–2–1||Kurt Verschueren||TKO (soccer kicks)||UG 4||May 20, 2007||1||0:55||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||10–2–1||Rody Trost||TKO (strikes)||UG 3||April 22, 2007||2||3:19||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||9–2–1||Rolandas Agrba||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UG 2||January 21, 2007||1||0:26||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||8–2–1||Dennis de Rus||Decision (unanimous)||Both 14||October 15, 2006||3||3:00||Beverwijk, Netherlands|
|Win||7–2–1||Alexander Penao||Submission (heel hook)||Both 13||September 10, 2005||1||3:31||Barneveld, Netherlands|
|Loss||6–2–1||Stefan Klever||Decision (split)||Both 12||December 12, 2004||2||5:00||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Loss||6–1–1||Nathan Schouteren||Decision (unanimous)||Both 11||March 28, 2004||2||5:00||Vlissingen, Netherlands|
|Draw||6–0–1||Patrick Vallee||Draw (split)||Both 10||October 18, 2003||2||5:00||Vlissingen, Netherlands|
|Win||6–0||Arschak Dahabagian||Decision (unanimous)||Both 9||September 20, 2003||2||5:00||Ede, Netherlands|
|Win||5–0||Dennis van Asselt||Submission (north-south choke)||Both 8||April 20, 2003||1||2:23||Goes, Netherlands|
|Win||4–0||Sebastiaan Rijtslag||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Both 7||April 20, 2003||1||2:32||Goes, Netherlands|
|Win||3–0||Hubert Veenendaal||Submission (triangle choke)||Both 6||April 12, 2003||1||2:28||Culemborg, Netherlands|
|Win||2–0||Mingoes Pelupessy||KO (head kick)||Both 5||September 20, 2002||1||0:19||Culemborg, Netherlands|
|Win||1–0||Marc Lange||KO (punches)||Both 4||March 8, 2002||1||0:57||Zutphen, Netherlands|
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- Siyar Bahadurzada: The Diamond in the Rough
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