Siyar Bahadurzada

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Siyar Bahadurzada
Born (1984-04-17) April 17, 1984 (age 31)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Other names The Killer, The Great
Nationality Afghan
Ethnicity Tajik
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
Team Golden Glory
Reign Training Center
Kingdom of Mayhem
Years active 2001 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 21
By knockout 11
By submission 6
By decision 4
Losses 6
By submission 2
By decision 4
Draws 1
Other information
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. Bahadurzada is the reigning Shooto Middleweight Champion and has also fought for World Victory Road in Japan.


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[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.

He has trained with fighters such as Alistair Overeem, Fabrício 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. 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 decision after he was unable to stop the grappling offense of Kim for 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.

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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) 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) UG 6 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) UG 4 May 20, 2007 1 0:55 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 10–2–1 Rody Trost TKO (punches) 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 (unanimous) Rings Holland: Born Invincible 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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