After making his long-awaited debut in the world's preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) proving grounds, Siyar proved why he deserves to mix it up with the heavy hitters of the promotions welterweight division by making quick work of dangerous Brazilian Paulo Thiago at UFC on FUEL TV 2 last week in Sweden.
Siyar knocked out the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt (BJJ) in only 42 seconds of the opening frame, handing him his third loss in his past four outings. Not only did Siyar Bahadurzada put the rest of the UFC's 170-pound division on notice, he also picked up a cool $50,000 for his efforts as he earned the "Knockout of the Night" bonus.
Not bad for an Octagon rookie.
After waiting 10 long years to get the call up to the big leagues to showcase his talent, which he honed through the years spent training at UFC Heavyweight Alistair Overeem's former stomping grounds, the famed Golden Glory camp in Holland which is known for its focus on striking, Siyar didn't have the opportunity to display his all around game, given the fact that his last bout didn't make it past the first minute.
If you ask the Afghan native, he wouldn't have it any other way, seeing as how people will find a way to criticize your fighting style regardless of the outcome and time spent doing it, anyways. Speaking to Fighters Only, Siyar says that he is going to channel his inner Mike Tyson and look for the knockout as early as possible every time he steps inside the Octagon.
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"Personally I don't think anybody is happy with whatever kind of fight you fight. If you knock people out fast people say ‘well, you should have fought longer we would have seen your skill.' If you fought longer, like Anderson Silva fights, they will be like ‘yeah you should finish people earlier, finish people faster.' I will fight the way I want to fight and I want to fight like Mike Tyson. I want to go in there I want to knock people out as soon as possible and get the win as fast as possible... that's what I am going to continue, as much as possible."
And knock them out he can, Siyar has finished six of his last opponents via knockout or technical knockout (TKO) including five in the very first round.
Winner of seven straight, Bahadurzada can hope for a quick turnaround to put his striking skills on display yet again, given the fact that he barely broken a sweat and didn’t suffer any damage as originally thought. Though he is now refining his complete MMA game at Reign Training Center which is headed by wrestling guru Mark Munoz in California, he won't look to abandon his head-hunting objectives anytime soon.
How about it Maniacs, are you appreciative of Siyar's "knock em' out" attitude that he brings to the table? Who would be a perfect match-up for the dangerous striker his next time out?