Siyar Bahadurzada

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Siyar Bahadurzada
Born (1984-04-17) April 17, 1984 (age 34)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Other namesThe Great, The Killer
ResidenceMaryland, United States
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight (2002–2003)
Middleweight (2003–2010, 2017)
Welterweight (2010–2016, 2018)
Reach72 12 in (184 cm)
Fighting out ofDeventer, Netherlands
TeamGolden Glory
Reign Training Center
Kingdom of Mayhem Jackson's Wink MMA
Years active2001 - present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout13
By submission7
By decision4
By submission2
By decision5
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Siyar Bahadurzada (born April 17, 1984) is an Afghan-born Dutch mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2001, he has also competed for World Victory Road, Shooto, and RINGS. He is the former Shooto Middleweight Champion.


Bahadurzada was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 17, 1984. He grew up in a Muslim family in Afghanistan, experiencing the Soviet–Afghan War 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[edit]

Early career[edit]

Bahadurzada trained under the Golden Glory association based in the Netherlands.[2]

A veteran of the Shooto organization, he is the longtime 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.[3] Scott Coker replied during an interview with Ariel Helwani by saying that Siyar had to first get a P1 visa.

Bahadurzada left Golden Glory in 2012 citing trust issues with the management. He signed a contract with AMC management and joined the Blackzilians team. In April 2014 Bahadurzada announced that he leaves the Blackzilians.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On September 30, 2011 Siyar announced he had signed with the UFC.[4] He was expected to face Erick Silva on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142.[5] However, Bahadurzada pulled out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Carlo Prater.[6]

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.[7]

Bahadurzada was expected to face Thiago Alves on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149, replacing an injured Yoshihiro Akiyama.[8] However, on June 1, Alves pulled out of the bout citing an injury [9] and was replaced by Chris Clements.[10] Bahadurzada then himself had to withdrawal from the fight due to a hand injury, and was replaced with Matthew Riddle.[11]

Bahadurzada faced Dong Hyun Kim on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8.[12] He lost a lopsided decision after he was dominated by the grappling offense and ground and pound of Kim for all three rounds.

Bahadurzada was expected to face Robbie Lawler on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8, replacing an injured Tarec Saffiedine.[13] However, on July 11, it was announced that Bahadurzada also pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Bobby Voelker.[14]

Bahadurzada faced John Howard on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168.[15] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

After over two years away from the sport, Bahadurzada returned to face Brandon Thatch on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196.[16] He won the fight by submission in the third round.[17]

Bahadurzada was scheduled to face Cláudio Silva on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201.[18] However, Silva was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Jorge Masvidal.[19] In turn, Bahadurzada pulled out of the bout on July 12 citing an illness.[20]

After another year away from competition Bahadurzada was expected to face Abu Azaitar on September 2, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Struve vs. Volkov. However, Azaitar pulled out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by UFC newcomer Rob Wilkinson.[21][22] Bahadurzada won the fight via TKO in the second round.[23]

Bahadurzada faced Luan Chagas on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[24] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.[25] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[26]

Bahadurzada faced Curtis Millender on December 29, 2018 at UFC 232.[27] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Siyar Bahadurzada is expected to face Nordine Taleb on May 4, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 150.[29]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 24–7–1 Curtis Millender Decision (unanimous) UFC 232 December 29, 2018 3 5:00 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 24–6–1 Luan Chagas KO (kick to the body and punch) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee April 21, 2018 2 2:40 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 23–6–1 Rob Wilkinson TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve September 2, 2017 2 3:10 Rotterdam, Netherlands Middleweight bout.
Win 22–6–1 Brandon Thatch Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 196 March 5, 2016 3 4:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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) United Glory: 2010/2011 World Series Finals May 28, 2011 2 4:16 Moscow, Russia UG (Glory) Welterweight Tournament Final.
Win 19–4–1 John Alessio TKO (punches and knees) United Glory: 2010/2011 World Series Semifinals March 19, 2011 1 1:55 Charleroi, Belgium UG (Glory) Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 18–4–1 Derrick Noble TKO (punches) United Glory: 2010/2011 World Series Quarterfinals October 16, 2010 1 1:54 Amsterdam, Netherlands UG (Glory) Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 17–4–1 Carlos Alexandre Pereira KO (punch) Shooto Brasil 17 August 6, 2010 1 1:34 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Defended the Shooto Middleweight Championship.
Win 16–4–1 Robert Jocz Decision (majority) Ultimate Glory 11: A Decade of Fights October 17, 2009 3 5:00 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 15–4–1 Leandro Batata TKO (punches) Shooto Brasil 13 August 27, 2009 1 3:14 Fortaleza, Brazil Defended the Shooto Middleweight Championship.
Loss 14–4–1 Jorge Santiago Submission (heel hook) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6 November 1, 2008 1 1:10 Saitama, Japan Sengoku Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 14–3–1 Evangelista Santos TKO (arm injury) World Victory Road Presents: 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) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku First Battle March 5, 2008 2 2:02 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–2–1 Nathan Schouteren Submission (punches) Ultimate Glory 6: Ede's Best against the Rest November 17, 2007 1 4:17 Ede, Netherlands
Win 12–2–1 Shiko Yamashita Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Back To Our Roots 4 July 15, 2007 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won the Shooto Middleweight Championship.
Win 11–2–1 Kurt Verschueren TKO (soccer kicks) Ultimate Glory 3: Upside Down May 20, 2007 1 0:55 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 10–2–1 Rody Trost TKO (punches) Staredown City April 22, 2007 2 3:19 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 9–2–1 Rolandas Agrba Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Glory 2 January 21, 2007 1 0:26 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 8–2–1 Dennis de Rus Decision (unanimous) Kickboxing Gala Free-Fight October 15, 2006 3 3:00 Beverwijk, Netherlands
Win 7–2–1 Alexander Penao Submission (heel hook) Shooto Holland 4 September 10, 2005 1 3:31 Barneveld, Netherlands
Loss 6–2–1 Stefan Klever Decision (unanimous) Rings Holland: Born Invincible December 12, 2004 2 5:00 Utrecht, Netherlands
Loss 6–1–1 Nathan Schouteren Decision (unanimous) Shooto Holland: Knock-Out Gala 3 March 28, 2004 2 5:00 Vlissingen, Netherlands
Draw 6–0–1 Patrick Vallee Draw (split) Shooto Holland: Fight Night October 18, 2003 2 5:00 Vlissingen, Netherlands Middleweight debut.
Win 6–0 Arschak Dahabagian Decision (unanimous) Shooto Holland: On Tour 4 September 20, 2003 2 5:00 Ede, Netherlands
Win 5–0 Dennis van Asselt Submission (north-south choke) Shooto Holland: 4-Man Tournament April 20, 2003 1 2:23 Goes, Netherlands Light Heavyweight Tournament Final.
Win 4–0 Sebastiaan Rijtslag Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto Holland: 4-Man Tournament April 20, 2003 1 2:32 Goes, Netherlands Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 3–0 Hubert Veenendaal Submission (triangle choke) Shooto Holland: Holland vs. The World April 12, 2003 1 2:28 Culemborg, Netherlands
Win 2–0 Mingoes Pelupessy KO (head kick) Shooto Holland: On Tour September 20, 2002 1 0:19 Culemborg, Netherlands
Win 1–0 Marc Lange KO (punches) Beast of the East 4 March 8, 2002 1 0:57 Zutphen, Netherlands

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MMA Siyar Bahadurzada joins Blackzilians (June 28, 2012)
  2. ^ Siyar Bahadurzada: The Diamond in the Rough
  3. ^ Archived March 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-07-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Siyar Bahadurzada: I'm facing Erick Silva at UFC 142 in Brazil". November 14, 2011. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "WEC vet Carlo Prater meets Erick Silva as injury replacement at UFC 142". December 16, 2011. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Siyar Bahadurzada replaces Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 149, meets Thiago Alves". May 8, 2012. Archived from the original on May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  9. ^ "Thiago Alves Out of UFC 149". Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  10. ^ "Clements faces Bahadurzada at UFC 149". Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  11. ^ "Siyar Bahadurzada Out of UFC 149 Bout With Chris Clements". July 1, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  12. ^ "Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim Confirmed for UFC on Fuel 8". 13 December 2012.
  13. ^ Staff (2013-06-04). "Bahadurzada replaces injured Saffiedine, meets Lawler at UFC on FOX 8". Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  14. ^ Staff (2013-07-11). "Siyar Bahardurzada out at UFC on FOX 8, Bobby Voelker faces Robbie Lawler". Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  15. ^ Staff. "Siyar Bahadruzada vs. John Howard added to December's UFC 168 event". Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  16. ^ Staff (2016-02-12). "'Medication' clearance issue moves Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch to UFC 196". Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  17. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-03-05). "UFC 196 results: Siyar Bahadurzada finishes overmatched Brandon Thatch with choke". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  18. ^ Staff (2016-05-13). "UFC 201 additions include Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Claudio Silva". Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  19. ^ Marc Raimondi (2016-06-16). "Jorge Masvidal replaces Claudio Silva, faces Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 201". Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  20. ^ Staff (2016-07-12). "Illness forces Siyar Bahadurzada out of UFC 201, UFC seeks opponent for Jorge Masvidal". Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  21. ^ "Rob Wilkinson nowym rywalem Siyara Bahadurzada na UFC Fight Night w Rotterdamie - MMA PL". MMA PL (in Polish). 2017-07-31. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  22. ^ C. Post (2017-07-30). "Newly signed Rob Wilkinson to face Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC Fight Night 115". Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  23. ^ "UFC-Rotterdam results: Siyar Bahadurzada hammers previously unbeaten Rob Wilkinson". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  24. ^ DNA, MMA. "Siyar Bahadurzada treft Luan Chagas tijdens UFC Atlantic City". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  25. ^ "Video: Siyar Bahadurzada crushes Luan Chagas with body kick-uppercut KO". MMAfighting. 2018-04-21. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  26. ^ a b "UFC Fight Night 128 bonuses: That wacky Simon-Dvalishvili bout was 'Fight of Night'". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  27. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2018-10-29). "Curtis Millender vs. Siyar Bahadurzada booked for UFC 232 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  28. ^ "UFC 232 results: Curtis Millender's technique overcomes Siyar Bahadurzada's brute force". MMAjunkie. 2018-12-30. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  29. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-03-04). "Nordine Taleb vs. Siyar Bahadurzada added to UFC Ottawa". Retrieved 2019-03-04. (in Dutch)

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