UFC on Fuel TV 2: The Best YouTube Videos of UFC Newcomer Siyar Bahadurzada
This Saturday night, Siyar "The Great" Bahadurzada finally gets to make his UFC debut against Paulo Thiago when the UFC comes to the Ericsson Globe Arena in beautiful Stockholm, Sweden for UFC on Fuel TV 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva.
Many have anticipated the US debut of Siyar ever since he was signed under the Strikeforce banner, but for one reason or another, Siyar was never able to land a fight for the promotion. Nevertheless, Siyar will bring in an outstanding 16 finishes with just four decision victories inside the Octagon, including four wins by a form of choke, one win by a heel hook, a submission by strikes, seven TKO wins and three knockout wins.
Now, one might be willing to expend the energy looking up Siyar's record, but Yours Truly would rather talk about Siyar's greatest hits thus far because this man's trail of blood, sweat, tears and hunger is one that needs to be shared with the world.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at just who Siyar Bahadurzada really is.
Siyar Stops Carlos "Indio" Pereira in Rio
Carlos Pereira rode an insane 12-fight win streak coming into his fight with Siyar Bahadurzada, and though Siyar was only 3-2 in his last five at that time, few could have seen Siyar doing what he did when he took Pereira on at Shooto Brazil 17 in Rio de Janeiro.
It started off as a trade-off in the clinch, but once the ref broke the clinch, both men started to trade, and for a brief moment Siyar looked as though he'd get the worse end of it, as "Indio" was starting to put the real pressure on Siyar, but in the heat of a wild exchange against the ropes, Siyar found a home for the left hand and laid "Indio" out cold.
After this fight would come three of his most recent wins to date, and in acquiring those three wins, he brought this kind of reputation with him to the ring and showed no signs of stopping along the way.
Siyar Breaks Cyborg's Arm in Sengoku's Middleweight Grand Prix in 2008
Trust me, this one does not last very long at all, nor does it end pretty.
It's the opening round of Sengoku's Middleweight Grand Prix in 2008, and Evangelista Santos is standing in between Siyar and his chance to become Sengoku Middleweight Grand Prix champion.
Of course, the stylistic matchup makes sense here. "Cyborg" wants to keep it standing and Siyar wants to at least wear his foes down so that he can damage them later on in the bout, and everyone is surely expecting the KO to come, except it doesn't come at all.
All Siyar wanted was to take Cyborg down, but Cyborg tries to defend the takedown and winds up injuring his arm in the process, giving Siyar the quick TKO win.
It wouldn't make a difference, because Jorge Santiago would go on to beat Siyar in the next round of the tournament, but as this was the first bout in the Grand Prix, it only makes sense that one would end it early, and even though it looked like Santos just defended it incorrectly, the fact is that he may not have needed to worry about it had Siyar not gone for the takedown, but of course to each their own.
United Glory 12: Derrick Noble Gets Stopped in 1:54
Derrick Noble is actually quite underrated for a "journeyman" type of fighter, having beaten guys like Thiago Alves, Carlo Prater, Pat Healy and Jake Ellenberger in a 26-15-1 career, but on the heels of a two-fight losing streak, Noble needed to beat Siyar Bahadurzada rather convincingly to return to form and to advance in Unite Glory's welterweight tournament.
Needless to say, this lasted a little bit longer than did Siyar's fight with Evangelista Santos but not all that much longer.
As a matter of fact, Siyar just never gave Noble much of a chance to let anything off throughout the entire bout, and once Siyar sensed that Noble was hurt, Siyar just kept the punishment coming until Noble just stopped trying to defend the assault.
Fans who wanted to know Siyar's style of fighting got the full article and then some when he went to work on Noble, and those who wanted more would get more of Siyar as this tournament progressed.
United Glory 13: Siyar TKOs John Alessio to Advance to the UG Welterweight Final
John Alessio makes his UFC debut at UFC 145, but against Siyar Bahadurzada in the United Glory welterweight tournament semifinals, Siyar only allowed Alessio to last one second more than did Derrick Noble.
In short, the result was no different, as Siyar once again used his striking to mount some pressure on Alessio before turning the heat up and securing the stoppage over his opponent, and as was the case with Noble, Siyar made Alessio look as though he had little real chance of victory.
Mind you, Alessio attempted to bring out something against Siyar in the few jabs he threw out, but overall, there wasn't much Alessio could muster to stop Siyar's momentum.
With this win, Siyar would await the winner of Roan Corneiro vs. Tommy Depret in the finals of the tournament, which leads us to our next fight...
United Glory 14: "Siyar the Killer" Knocks Tommy Depret out
Tommy Depret had a three-fight win streak going before he faced Siyar Bahadurzada in the United Glory Welterweight tournament finals, and once he faced Siyar, Depret aimed to threaten Siyar on the feet, where Siyar was thought to have the advantage.
Did it bother Siyar? It absolutely did no such thing, to tell the truth. Rather than getting too wild and playing directly into Depret's game plan, Siyar secured takedowns on Depret in the first two rounds, but he kept his aggression going and hammer-fisted his way to a win over a game Depret en route to winning the United Glory welterweight tournament.
Since this fight, Siyar has not gotten another fight, but when he signed with the UFC, things changed, and although an injury forced him out of UFC 142, his wait has ended now that he has a fight coming up against one Paulo Thiago.
How has he prepared for that?
Training for Paulo Thiago at UFC on Fuel TV 2
Paulo Thiago is strongest in the grappling aspect of the fight game, which is an area that Siyar's always said was his game, but it's an area underrated in Siyar's game because of how fierce his striking is.
In contrast, the striking aspect in which Siyar appears at his strongest as a fighter is an area in which Thiago is underrated, as many focus on his jiu-jitsu game and some seem to forget what he did to knock Josh Koscheck out at UFC 95.
Now, of course one does not watch Siyar's training videos on YouTube and expect him to give away the game plan he hopes to exact on Thiago, so enjoy these five seconds while you have them because Siyar will do everything he can in order to end Thiago's night with combinations akin to what is seen here in these five seconds when he faces Thiago this Saturday in Sweden.