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Siyar Bahadurzada Signs with UFC, Faces Erick Silva at UFC 142 in Rio

(Bahadurzada v. Alessio, United Glory 2010 World Semifinals) 

News broke earlier today that Golden Glory standout and Team Mayhem striking coach Siyar Bahadurzada has signed with the UFC and will be facing Erick Silva at UFC 142 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on January 14th. Bahadurzada, who has compiled a respectable 20-4 record with wins over John Alessio, Derrick Noble, and Evangelista Santos (by injury) will be looking to showcase his hands against Silva, who most recently plastered Luis Ramos in under a minute at UFC 134.

Bahadurzada last competed in Russia back in May, where he capped off a devastating run through the United Glory 2010 World Series with a second round TKO over Tommy Depret to take home the gold. Well, it was more then likely coal, but you get what I’m saying. Anyway, Bahadurzada hasn’t tasted defeat since two-time UFC washout Jorge Santiago heel hooked him back at a 2008 Sengoku event.

Check out Siyar’s ass whoopings of Derrick Noble and Tommy Depret below.

Siyar vs. Noble

Siyar vs. Depret

So what say you, Potato Nation, who takes this one?


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sowadhosen- November 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm
collection is awesome fight video
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Todd M- November 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm
Hard to say I'm still not familiar enough with both of them, I will say after his big win in Rio I am expecting big things from Erick Silva.
Frank Mur- November 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm
That guy is a striking coach? He's more like a murder baller. Only saw him throw two straight punches in three fights. Don't think he's going far in the Big Leagues.
tojo- November 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm
Great match-up!

And.... Siyar lost to Santiago, not Rivera
Null Kuhl- November 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm
There are a number of things to consider with this matchup:

1. Siyar has faced much stiffer competition and has more experience. Silva's record is padded with fighters who are 1-1, 1-7, 4-3, along with others who have more respectable records.

2. Siyar's losses all occurred at middleweight, and he hasn't lost since moving to welterweight.

3. 2 of Siyar's 4 losses were via submission (the other 2 were decisions), and the majority of Silva's wins have come via submission.

All things considered, I think Siyar wins it, but I don't think he'll steamroll Silva like he has his last several opponents.