April 17, 1984|
|Other names||The Great, The Killer|
|Residence||Maryland, United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)|
Light Heavyweight |
(185–205 Ib) (2002–2003)
(170–185 Ib) (2003–2010, 2017)
(155–170 Ib) (2010–2016)
|Reach||72 1⁄2 in (184 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Deventer, Netherlands|
|Years active||2001 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Siyar Bahadurzada (born April 17, 1984) is an Afghan-born Dutch mixed martial artist currently competing in the Middleweight 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, an ethnic Tajik, 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 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. 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
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.
Bahadurzada was scheduled to face Cláudio Silva on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201. However, Silva was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Jorge Masvidal. In turn, Bahadurzada pulled out of the bout on July 12 citing an illness.
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. Bahadurzada won the fight via TKO in the second round.
Bahadurzada faced Luan Chagas on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128. Bahadurzada won the fight by body kick-uppercut KO in the second round. He won the fight via knockout in round two. This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Professional Shooto Japan
- Shooto Middleweight Championship (One time)
- Two successful title defenses
- United Glory
- 2010/2011 World Series Welterweight Tournament Winner
- Shooto Holland
- 2003 Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|31 matches||24 wins||6 losses|
|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||Welterweight debut. 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|
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