Siyar Bahadurzada
The Great

Afghanistan

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 6/1/2019
Posts withdrawal from Ottawa card
WelterweightUFC
Out
April 24, 2019
Bahadurzada will no longer face Nordine Taleb at UFC Ottawa on May 4, as he announced via a personal Facebook post that he cannot compete due to injury.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear what exactly is affecting Bahadurzada, but it's worth noting the welterweight fighter was dealt a lengthy medical suspension due to knee and jaw fractures after his UFC 232 bout against Curtis Millender. Whether he's still seeing residual effects or this is a new injury is something that remains to be seen. In the meantime, the UFC will attempt to locate a new opponent for Taleb on just 10 days' notice.
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Added to slate for UFC Ottawa
WelterweightUFC
Out
March 4, 2019
Baharduzada has been added to UFC Ottawa on May 4 against Nordine Taleb.
ANALYSIS
Baharduzada had been serving a 180-day medical suspension stemming for possible fractures to his jaw and left knee, but it appears he's been cleared by a physician and is set to enter the ring again in May. He's coming off a loss via unanimous decision to Curtis Millender (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC 232 in December so he'll be looking to end the losing streak at just one against Taleb.
Out for 180 days
WelterweightUFC
Out
January 7, 2019
Bahadurzada was hit with a 180-day medical suspension Monday, mmafighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Bahadurzada is dealing with a pair of possible fractures, one to the jaw and one to the left knee, after losing to Curtis Millender at UFC 232 in late December. He'll be on the sidelines until late June unless cleared by a physician.
Drops decision at UFC 232 in Los Angeles
WelterweightUFC
Out
December 29, 2018
Bahadurzada was defeated by Curtis Millender via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
ANALYSIS
Bahadurzada came into this fight looking to brawl. He lost the first round because he threw wild punches that only found air while his opponent stayed technical and picked him apart with kicks and jabs. In the second round, Siyar found success with his wild style and negated Millender's footwork with his forward pressure. A takedown and ground and pound towards the end of the round secured the round for Bahadurzada. In the third "The Great" found himself in trouble when he was wobbled by a straight right from "Courteous." Bahadurzada showed heart by surviving and countered with a takedown, but that wasn't enough as Millender was able to get back to his feet and reverse another takedown at the end of the fight.
Short medical suspension despite victory
WelterweightUFC
Out
April 24, 2018
Bahadurzada was suspended indefinitely pending x-rays of his right hand and right ribs following his KO victory over Luan Chagas at UFC Atlantic City, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It was Chagas that got the worst of it, but Bahadurzada didn't emerge completely unscathed either. If he chooses, Bahadurzada should have no problem regaining clearance to fight again by summer 2018.
Earns third straight stoppage win Saturday in AC
WelterweightUFC
Out
April 21, 2018
Bahadurzada defeated Luan Chagas via KO (strikes) at 2:40 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.
ANALYSIS
Known for his power, Bahadurzada proved on Saturday that he doesn't need to land flush in order to finish a fight. The liver kick that proved to be the downfall of Chagas appeared to barely graze him, but that combined with one huge right hand forced referee Gary Copeland to step in and call a halt to the action. The effort also earned him a cool $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Since beginning his UFC career with two losses in his first three bouts, Siyar has since responded with three straight stoppage victories. This figures to be the high-water mark for the 34-year-old JacksonWink product, but Bahadurzada has put himself in position for a bigger opponent his next time out.