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Siyar Bahadurzada debuts in style with Knockout of the Night win

Entering UFC on Fuel 2, welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada was a relative unknown outside of informed circles and even then seen by many as a heavy-handed prospect with a hard-to-pronounce name. Exiting today’s event chances are both groups of fans remember the 27-year old in full detail after his beautifully brutal finish of Brazilian Paulo Thiago.

Bahadurzada, who was making his UFC debut in the bout, put Thiago down less than a minute into the opening round of their rumble. The finish left Thiago face-down on the canvas and was the first finish he’d suffered in his career.

The showing was named the card’s Knockout of the Night and earned Bahadurzada an additional $50,000 on top of his regularly contracted rate.

Fight of the Night (and $50k each) was awarded to the entertaining effort between bantamweights Brad Pickett and Damacio Page. The two went at it full speed for nearly ten minutes until “One Punch” Pickett sealed the deal in the second stanza with a Rear-Naked Choke.

While Pickett’s stoppage was well-done, John Maguire employed his “Gypsy Jiu-Jitsu” to bring home Submission of the Night honors. The distinction was also worth $50,000 with Maguire deserving every penny after a textbook Armbar of DaMarques Johnson late in the second round of their main card clash.


  • Lord Faust says:

    I have no qualms with any of those bonus awards. Maguire is a sick grappler and I really want to see more of him. Pickett and Page had a lot of tension in their fight, even with Pickett controlling most of the action, and Siyar’s KO was a beauty of a counter.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Damm I wanted Paulo to win here but a well deserved ko of the night for the newcomer Siyar.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    What’s funny is Thiago was KOed making the same mistake Kos did against him.

    Fate seems to have a sense of irony lulz

  • MCM says:

    Fate? Like how Diego Nunes keeps losing close decisions to top 155ers making their FW debuts?

    I loved the Pickett/Page fight, but I though Nunes/Siver was the better match. I’m not complaining though. Great card all around.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Needless to say Nunes should drop to 135 pounds where he’ll win a close decision in his debut.


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