Aug. 7, 2010; Oakland, CA, USA; UFC fighter Thiago Alves during the welterweight bout in UFC 117 at the Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
After coming up short against Martin Kampmann back in March at UFC on FX: "Alves vs. Kampmann," the former has been on the shelf due to an injury he suffered in training for his bout against the latter, which was set for UFC 149.
The one-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) number one welterweight contender is itching to get back into the Octagon and he wants to do it against Siyar, who "The Pitbull" describes as "cocky" and as a person who "talks too much."
Perhaps Bahadurzada has reason to toot his own horn. He is, after all, currently riding a seven-fight winning streak including a successful (and impressive) UFC debut back in April of this year, knocking out Paulo Thiago in under a minute.
Not too shabby.
After engaging in a Twitter war, the two 170-pound strikers apparently have it out for one another, and Alves, for one, says he has Siyar in his sights and isn't taking his eyes off him, hoping to get a chance to shut him up.
Apparently, the feeling is mutual.
Speaking to Tatame in separate interviews, both combatants take jabs at one another, with Alves saying Siyar got "lucky" in his UFC debut and Bahadurzada boldly claiming he will turn "The Pitbull" into a poodle.
Check out the beginning of a beautiful rivalry, after the jump:
"At this point, especially after UFC 151 was canceled, I'll fight anyone. I was hoping to fight later this year, but since UFC canceled an event I guess I'll only fight in January now. If it works out, in Brazil. It would be great to shut (Siyar) up, but I fight whoever Joe Silva pairs me up with. I have to fight someone. He's nothing compared to the level of competition I'm used to. I'm fighting in the UFC for almost seven years and I have never had an easy fight. He's very cocky and I love fighting people who talk too much. It motivates me and brings out my best. I guess... No, I know he got pretty lucky against Paulo Thiago. If they fought again it would be totally different. I guess Paulo Thiago lost a lot of weight for that fight and couldn't rehydrate correctly, so when he got punched in the heat, Thiago went down. And when your brain is dehydrated, any punch that is landed on your head can turn you off."
Siyar put all UFC welterweights on notice, proving he can turn anyone's lights out with the striking skills he sharpened while training with his former camp, Golden Glory, by disposing of Paulo in the very first round. "The Killer" tells Alves, if he believes the punch against Paulo was lucky, he welcomes him to come and find out for himself:
"Alves was trying to duck me, but I went after him on Twitter. Now his feelings are hurt and wants to shut me up? I had to go after him on Twitter to make this fight happen for the fans. He didn't want to fight me, according to insiders. And yes, I'll turn him into a poodle! Just wait and see the interesting transition from a pitbull into a poodle during the fight. And if he thinks beating Paulo Thiago was luck... Tell him to come spar with me at Blackzilians in his city, it'll change his mind and even his intentions of fighting me. I'll predict the same 'luck' against the poodle as against Paulo Thiago. With all due respect to Paulo Thiago, who is a classy fighter and actually didn't try to duck me and took the fight, unlike Alves."
Them fightin' words!
Aiming for an early 2013 return, Alves looks to return to the form that earned him a chance to vie for the promotion's 170-pound title against Georges St. Pierre back in July of 2009. Though he came up short against "Rush," Thiago is still regarded as one of the most lethal strikers in the game today.
A match-up against Siyar, which he is apparently more than willing to oblige to, would prove to be an entertaining stand-up affair, given their preference to keep it on the feet, and has "Fight of the Night' written all over it.
They obviously want the fight to happen ... do you?