The knockout was an impressive introduction for Bahadurzada who earned the "Knockout of the Night" bonus.
With the 42-second victory out of his way, Bahadurzada should be looking to step back into the Octagon sooner than later.
Here are some exciting fights he should take next.
Like Bahadurzada, John Maguire is a relative newcomer to the UFC.
Maguire was successful in his his second UFC fight last night, defeating DeMarques Johnson by submission.
Both Bahadurzada and Maguire came into the UFC with lengthy winning streaks and are looking to make a major impact in the welterweight division.
Although he has only had two UFC fights, Eric Silva has shown that he could be one of the most dangerous welterweights in the UFC today.
Silva has some great striking, but actually has more victories by submission than KO.
He's set to take on tough wrestler Charlie Brenneman at UFC on FX 3.
Either man would be a great test for Bahadurzada to see just where he stands in the division.
This may be a bit of a stretch for many.
Jon Fitch was arguably the second-best fighter in the division before he lost to Johny Hendricks in just 12 seconds.
But that fight proved that Fitch should never underestimate an opponent whether he feels like their a top welterweight or not.
Fitch needs to climb back to the top and Bahadurzada wants to prove that his fight against Thiago wasn't a fluke.