MMA: A Head-to-Toe Breakdown of Michael Bisping vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
If you are not familiar with the name Siyar Bahadurzada by now, there's a near-certainty that you will be familiar with his name after this upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.
The 20-4-1 Afghan prospect, who reigns as the current Shooto Light Heavyweight Champion and Ultimate Glory Welterweight World Series Champion, has been making some noise overseas for the past nine years, and his hard work has put the Golden Glory prospect one step closer to finally earning the fight deal he has been hungry for and earning his stripes in the Stateside circuit.
Bahadurzada remains one of the only Welterweights in MMA, apart from the entire Welterweight roster of Bellator Fighting Championships, to not be under contract with Zuffa LLC., the company that purchased Strikeforce and reacquired the likes of Nick Diaz and "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler earlier this year.
Also acquired by the UFC is current TUF 14 coach and consummate half-fighter-half-entertainment-spectacle Jason "Mayhem" Miller, who has acquired Bahadurzada as the striking coach for Team Miller, or "Team Mayhem," as the commercials for TUF 14 will tell you.
Miller has already exhibited a passionately mutual hatred for opposing coach and TUF 3 Light Heavyweight winner Michael "The Count" Bisping, who considers Miller to be "the f**king class clown".
Bisping's choice of words have done more than just light Mayhem's fire, as Bahadurzada has made it clear he does not like Bisping or his choice of verbiage, and it would not be out of the question to believe that Bisping shares a mutual dislike for Bahadurzada.
Now, "Siyar The Great" might have his crosshairs on a chance to one day compete for the UFC Welterweight Title, but he hasn't done poorly as a 185er himself.
If he fought Bisping at 185, could he stand a chance to decisively upset the Brit?
It's always possible, and to further decipher the answer, it is my pleasure to present to you this, a head-to-toe breakdown of "Michael The Count" vs. "Siyar The Great."
You might be surprised at what you find.
Do you REALLY want me to go in depth here?
Michael Bisping can say a syllable and it will more than likely cause someone to want to punch him in the face.
Siyar's "trash talk" up until this point is basically what you should expect out of anyone who really doesn't care much for Bisping, and really it's they level of trash talk you should expect out of any fighter's mouth before a fight.
Bisping might be much like this guy to some people, but he's one that has heard worse than people saying that they'd knock him out at a bar.
If you want to really turn it up to 11 or 12, Siyar, you'll have to hit a little bit lower below the belt.
Watch the video, and then try to argue for Bisping.
Bisping's lights have only been put out once, which was his UFC 100 loss to Dan Henderson, but that doesn't mean that Bisping--who has also lost by decision twice--still has an iron jaw.
Once you suffer a first KO, it's tough to take your chin back to the days when it could survive a tough onslaught.
Bahadurzada has fought 25 times in his career, and while a Dan Henderson has never checked his Adam's Apple before, Bahadurzada has done well enough to survive the shots that have been thrown at him with success.
It will take an Anderson Silva, a Chris Leben, a Wanderlei Silva, or a Nick Diaz to finish Bahadurzada, and Bisping's KO power just does not follow suit with the aforementioned fighters.
When Bahadurzada swings, he may set up his initial attack, but when he's got his man hurt, it's brawling time.
Siyar is an expert in hurting people long enough to make them fall into his game plan and fight an aggressive brawl instead of a calculated "chess-game" style of MMA stand-up battle.
Bisping's is more along the lines of the chess game style of striking...not to say he's boring or not fun to watch at all, but Bisping is definitely a bit more technical than Bahadurzada.
If we're talking about the guy who will put some major pressure on Bisping and lure him into a brawl despite his best effort, that man is definitely Bahadurzada.
When it comes to technical striking, it all depends on who can land the better shots in spurts, and while Bahadurzada is proficient in landing power shots to the head and the body, it could be that Bisping excels in landing the more accurate "peppering" shots.
Bisping likes to soften his foes up and only go in for the kill when he knows they are truly damaged, which is what he could do to Bahadurzada if they fought at 185.
There's no telling, however, because Siyar's gotten comfy at 170 and there's always a possibility that Siyar could be the one that sets up the shots better if the bout ever happens at 185, but there is never a certainty that he will.
We would likely have to see Siyar fight at least once or twice at 185 before we could be certain, but until then, or until he put on another performance that persuaded us he could pull it off if Bisping were his debut fight at Middleweight, we have to say Bisping might be the smarter of the two.
Now this one is going to be difficult, because Bisping has shown recently that he can implement a solid-enough wrestling game to help defeat an opponent, despite not having a wrestling background.
We've been seeing him try for takedown after takedown and landing mostly all of the takedown attempts with success as of late--a trend that started when Bisping fought Dan Miller at UFC 114.
At the same time though, Siyar is know for getting some slick trips in and being constantly active from the top.
If it boils down to wrestling, Bisping may get the edge here since Golden Glory usually has to bring in solid wrestlers in order to cover that aspect, while Bisping rolls around with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who is not only a powerful one-punch KO artist but also a good wrestler in his own right.
When it boils down to takedowns, however...are Bisping's still-unrefined wrestling takedowns really that much better that Siyar's trip takedowns?
Advantage: Split...Bisping on wrestling, Bahadurzada on takedowns
Now mind you, the video is yet another demonstration of the animal Siyar is on the feet, but his prowess and aggression on the feet don't overshadow the ability he has with his offensive submission game.
Bahadurzada may actively look for a KO more than a submission, but when the people you roll around with just happen to be Jon Olav Eineno, the Overeem brothers, and "The Female Rickson Gracie" Marloes Coenen, it's difficult to be close-minded about how the finish comes.
It doesn't matter as long as it comes, right?
Bisping is good at submissions himself, but it's been a long time since he's gone for a submission against anyone, and while he did face a tough Judoka in Yoshihiro Akiyama, he has never met a guy who was as eager to choke his foes out or make them squeal like Bahadurzada.
If Bisping doesn't start convincing himself that going for a submission might actually do him well, Bahadurzada will make him pay with his neck.
It could be a Guillotine, it could be a Rear Naked Choke, it could be a D'Arce or Anaconda...heck, for all we know, it could be a Snowman Choke or an Ezekiel Choke.
Regardless of how Bahadurzada decides to choke Bisping out, he is capable of such a thing, and if Bisping doesn't start warming up to using his own brand of submissions, Bahadurzada will likely put him to sleep.
The "How Bad Do You F***ing Want It?" Factor
Call this "heart," call this "hunger," call it whatever you want, but remember this:
Regardless of who a fighter is or who a fighter has competed against, there is always someone who can put them in their place.
There's always someone that will want the victory just a little bit more.
Does Siyar want it more than Bisping, or does Bisping want it more than Siyar?
You tell me who would want it more.
Siyar Bahadurzada is an exciting fighter with an aggressive offensive style, but like most aggressive fighters, he sometimes sacrifices his defenses for his offense.
It's awesome that he's the type that would rather go out on his shield, but for every aggressive fighter, there is a smart fighter.
Defensively, Bisping may be the better fighter on the ground and possibly even standing.
He's shown good takedown defense, good submission defense, and he's effective in defending his strikes.
Who the better counter-striker is depends on whether Bisping's ability to land a strong counter-shot on target is more effective than Siyar's "Catch-and-counter" style of counter-striking, which involves catching his opponent's kicks before landing the counter-strike, a la Anderson Silva-James Irvin.
As far as showing the more effective defenses, Siyar has time to improve his before an actual bout comes to fruition, but at this time, Bisping's stand as a bit more effective.
Could the Bout Actually Happen?
Of course, this whole thing goes back to what we will see in about two months on The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Mayhem/Team Miller.
Bisping faces Miller at the finale itself, and during the season, he contends with Miller's whole team, including Bahadurzada, as we hope to crown the first-ever Featherweight and Bantamweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter.
After the fight with Miller, and if Bahadurzada can ink a deal with the UFC, could a clash with Bisping be in the works?
After all, Bahadurzada would not be at a complete disadvantage, seeing as how he has fought at the Middleweight level before, and really his only true losses at that level were to Jorge Santiago and Kazuo Misaki...both of whom were responsible for arguably the greatest fight in MMA history, and there was never any shame in losing to Santiago or "The Hitman".
Bahadurzada would likely not make the move up to 185 considering his success at 170, but if he did move up, he'd likely find a way to win.
On paper, Bisping may have more edges than a Gillette razor, but that's what makes MMA worth watching:
The fight in real-time is far and away different from what it is on paper.
Besides, it's like I said earlier, there's always someone better out there.