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SIJAR BAHADURZADA

AGE

34

RECORD

26-6-1

REACH

73”

HEIGHT

5”11"

WEIGHT

170LB

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

JACKSON-WINK MMA

HOMETOWN

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT DECEMBER 2018 UFC 232 – VS CURTIS MILLENDER

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis

Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Both fighters are feeling each other. Millender opens the fight with a couple of front kicks. Bahadurzada explodes with the right hand but he is out of range. Bahadurzada takes the outside position. Millender establishes forward pressure. A nice step in right hand lands for Millender. He is looking patient and relaxed. 1st min in, Bahadurzada lands a hard kick to the body. Nice left hook lands for Millender. Bahadurzada is throwing power early. He is loading every shot. Millender is busy with the jab and front kicks. Hard leg kick lands for Millender! Big wheel kick lands for Millender! Bahadurzada absorbs the kick well. Millender is looking sharp! He fakes the right hand and lands a hard leg kick behind it! Bahadurzada has a strong chin! He explodes guns blazing but misses. Halfway in, Millender stays busy all the time. He is landing a nice front kick to the knees and jabs behind. Millender fires a one-two and follows with a leg kick. Bahadurzada responds with a big right hand! Both fighters are throwing power shots! Stiff jab lands for Millender. Bahadurzada charges forward but Millender display great footwork and escapes to the side. Big kick to the body lands for Millender! 1 min to go, Bahadurzada is looking for a single knockout shot. Millender is more technical. He moves in with the straight punches and follows with a head kick! Millender is mixing his attacks well. 10-9 Millender

 

Rd 2- Bahadurzada takes the center and eats a stiff jab. Bahadurzada explodes with a flurry of punches but Millender does a good job blocking them. Both fighters are in the center. Bahadurzada is provoking Millender. Millender is keeping his distance with a jab. Bahadurzada has a hard time closing the distance. He is not setting up his combinations. 1st min in, Bahadurzada lands a couple of leg kicks. Millender establishes forward pressure. Millender moves in and eats a left hand. Bahadurzada explodes with the right hand but he is still way out of the range. Millender starts picking him apart with a jab. Bahadurzada stays in his face. Millender is showing great boxing skills. He moves in and initiates the clinch. Bahadurzada separates. He goes high with the kick, blocked by Millender. Halfway in, Another head kick blocked by Millender. Everything Bahadurzada throws has a lot of power behind it. Big right hand partially lands for Bahadurzada. Millender continues to destroy him from the outside. Millender explodes with a spinning elbow. Bahadurzada sees the chance and scores the takedown. Bahadurzada is in the half guard position. Millender is controlling the posture from the bottom. 1 min to go, Bahadurzada is not offering any offense from the top. Bahadurzada postures and lands a couple of right hands. Millender scrambles from the bottom but fails to find his way up. 10-9 Bahadurzada

 

Rd 3 – Millender opens the fight with a couple of front kicks. He follows with a couple of jabs. Bahadurzada explodes with a big kick to the body! He connects with a hard right hand! Millender absorbs. Bahadurzada steps in but eats a hard right counter! Bahadurzada is shaking his head. Both fighters exchange in the center. Millender is more accurate during the exchanges. 1st min in, Bahadurzada is swinging and missing. Millender is countering with the right hand. Big right counter lands for Millender! Bahadurzada is hurt! He is on retreat! Millender pushes with a head kick! Bahadurzada is still marching forward! He eats another right hand. Big right hand lands for Millender! Bahadurzada dives for a takedown but he continues receiving a lot of damage! Millender is demolishing Bahadurzada!  Big uppercut lands for Millender! Bahadurzada shoots for a single leg and gets the takedown! Millender is displaying poor takedown defense. Bahadurzada jumps all over him and takes his back! Halfway in, Millender explodes back to his feet but Bahadurzada takes him down with a body lock. Bahadurzada starts landing hard right hands! Millender stands up once again. Bahadurzada is controlling him against the fence. Bahadurzada drops his levels for a single leg. Millender is defending well. Millender manages to separate. He takes the center. Both fighters are flat-footed. Big right hand lands for Millender! 1 min to go, Bahadurzada is showing a big heart! Millender is outboxing Bahadurzada. Bahadurzada steps in with a right hand but eats a hard counter right hook! Another one lands for Millender! Millender is moving on the outside and keeping Bahadurzada at his range with a jab. Bahadurzada dives for a takedown but finishes on the bottom position. Millender is in the half guard position. 10-9 Millender

WATCH FIGHT

APRIL 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 128 – VS LUAN CHAGAS

RESULT – WON VIA 2nd RD KO (KICK TO THE BODY AND PUNCH)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Chagas is in the southpaw stance. Bahadurzada is in the orthodox stance.  Bahadurzada takes the center and starts putting pressure on Chagas. Chagas explodes with a flying knee, misses. Hard right hand lands for Baharduzada! Baharduzada is looking confident early. Chagas fires a leg kick. Baharduzada counters with a couple of punches and pushes Chagas down to the mat. 1st min in, Bahadurrzada is in the guard position. Bahadurzada is landing hard punches from the top. Bahadurzada is putting hard pressure on Chagas. Bahadurzada is landing hard punches with the right hand! Halfway in, Chagas explodes from the bottom and reverses the position! Chagas takes the back of Bahadurzada! Chagas is looking for rear-naked-choke! Bahadurzada defends the choke. Chagas is landing with the right hand. Bahadurzada is controlling the left hand of Chagas. Chagas has a body triangle. 1 min to go, Chagas looks for a rear-naked-choke again! Bahadurzada is doing a good job defending. Bahadurzada is desperately trying to stand. Chagas is doing a good job controlling Bahadurzada. 10-9 Chagas

Rd 2 –  Chagas takes the center and starts putting pressure on Bahadurzada. Hard kick to the body lands for Chagas.Chagas is looking more confident. Bahadurzada is moving on the outside and looking to land a big right hand. Both fighters exchange punches. 1st min in, Chagas pushes with the left hand. Bahadurzada counters with a nice right hand. Both fighters are looking to land big punches. Both fighters are working with the kicks. Chagas goes high with the kick, misses. Good straight left lands for Bahadurzada. Bahadurzada is landing nice punching combinations. Hard left hand lands for Bahadurzada! Bahadurzada explodes with the body head combinations! Both fighters exchange hard punches! Bahadurzada lands a hard kick to the body!!! Chagas is hurt! Bahadurzada pushes forward and lands a hard uppercut! Chagas goes down!!! The referee stops the fight!!!

WATCH FIGHT

SEPTEMBER 2017 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 115 – VS ROB WILKINSON

RESULT – WON VIA 2nd RD TKO (PUNCHES)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Bahadurzada takes the center. Wilkinson opens the fight with a leg kick. Wilkinson is putting pressure on Bahadurzada. Wilkinson is working with the kicks. Wilkinson fires a kick to the body. Bahadurzada catches the kick and takes Wilkinson down to the mat. However, Wilkinson is back on his feet. Wilkinson is swinging and missing. 1st min in, Bahadurzada lands a nice right hand. Both fighters are looking confident. Hard right hand over the top lands for Bahadurzada! Wilkinson is looking for the openings. Halfway in, Wilkinson level changes and takes the double leg. Wilkinson scores a big takedown. However, Bahadurzada is back on his feet. Wilkinson initiates the clinch. Wilkinson is working for a takedown. Bahadurzada separates from the clinch and lands a left hand. Hard kick to the body lands for Bahadurzada! Wilkinson goes down! Bahadurzada is looking to set up the guillotine choke! 1 min to go, Wilkinson is out of danger. Wilkinson explodes back to his feet. Wilkinson pushes forward and initiates the clinch. Wilkinson drops his levels and takes the double leg. Wilkinson scores a takedown. Bahadurzada is back on his feet. Wilkinson continues with the clinch. Hard knee to the head lands for Wilkinson! 10-9 Wilkinson

Rd 2 –  Bahadurzada is moving on the outside. Wilkinson explodes with the left hand, misses. Both fighters are looking patient. Nice left hand lands for Bahadurzada. Bahadurzada is looking confident. Bahadurzada connects with a right hand. Stiff jab lands for Wilkinson. 1st min in, Wilkinson connects with a one two combination. Bahadurzada is looking for a counter. Bahadurzada pushes forward and connects with a hard right hand! Wilkinson pushes for a takedown! Bahadurzada defends the takedown and continues with the pressure. Wilkinson is moving backwards. Bahadurzada explodes with the punches. Wilkinson moves away. Halfway in, Bahadurzada lands a hard uppercut and follows with the right hand! Wilkinson goes down!!! Bahadurzada pushes for a finish with more punches! Bahadurzada connects with another right hand! Wilkinson is trying to recover!!! Bahadurzada is throwing everything at Wilkinson!!! The referee is looking closely!!! The referee stops the fight!!!

WATCH FIGHT

MARCH 2016 UFC 196 – VS BRANDON THATCH

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE-CHOKE)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Thatch opens the fight with a leg kick. Kick to the body lands for Thatch. Bahadurzada takes the center. Thatch continues with the kicks. Thatch is looking light on his feet. Bahadurzada is patient. 1st min in, nice leg kick lands for Bahadurzada Thatch is constantly throwing leg kicks. Bahadurzada explodes and lands a right hand. Bahadurzada is looking for a counter. Nice one-two combination lands for Thatch! Bahadurzada initiates the clinch. Both fighters are landing knees. Thatch separates. Halfway in, Thatch is busy with the kicks, he is looking to neutralize the movement of Bahadurzada. Bahadurzada closes the distance and lands a couple of hard body punches! Bahadurzada connects with a couple of hard right hands! Thatch counters with the punches and lands! Both fighters are swinging and landing hard punches! Thatch clinches and lands a couple of knee to the body. Bahadurzada separates. Thatch pushes forward, takes the body lock and scores a takedown. Bahadurzada reverses the position. Bahadurzada is in the guard position. Thatch sets up the triangle choke! Bahadurzada is out of danger. 1 min to go, Thatch is scrambling. Bahadurzada is doing a good job controlling Thatch on the ground. Bahadurzada is landing nice short punches. Thatch is looking for a way to his feet as the round ends. 10-9 Bahadurzada

Rd 2 – Hard front kick to the face lands for Thatch at the beginning of the round! Thatch explodes with a left hand and lands! Bahadurzada is hurt! Thatch pushes forward with the punches! Bahadurzada clinches. Bahadurzada reverses the clinch and takes the single leg. Bahadurzada switches to a double leg and scores a takedown! Bahadurzada is in the guard position. Bahadurzada is busy with the right hand. 1st min in, Thatch is trying to get back on his feet. Bahadurzada is looking strong on the ground. Bahadurzada lands a couple of hammer fists. The referee stops the fight due to inactivity. The fight continues in the center. Thatch is busy with the kicks. Good right hand lands for Thatch. Halfway in, Thatch pushes forward and initiates the clinch. Bahadurzada connects with a nice uppercut. Bahadurzada drops his levels and takes the single leg. Bahadurzada scores a takedown! Bahadurzada is in the guard position. Bahadurzada is landing with the ground and pound. Hard elbows are landing for Bahadurzada! 1 min in, Bahadurzada is landing hard hammer fists with his right hand. Thatch has a hard time standing back up. 10-9 Bahadurzada

Rd 3 – Thatch takes the center. Bahadurzada is moving on the outside. Bahadurzada is swinging wildly and missing. Thatch pushes with a knee, Bahadurzada counters with a right hand! Bahadurzada pushes forward and takes Thatch down to the mat. Bahadurzada explodes with the ground and pound! 1st min in, Bahadurzada is landing hard punches! Thatch is breathing heavily. Thatch is looking desperate. The referee stops the fight due to inactivity. The fight continues in the center. Thatch continues with the pressure. Halfway in, both fighters are slowing down. Bahadurzada connects with a right hand. Bahadurzada dives for a double leg and scores a takedown. Thatch is looking tired. Bahadurzada is busy with the punches. Bahadurzada sets up the arm-triangle-choke!!! It looks tight!!! Thatch taps out!!!

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

33 MATCHES 26 WINS 6 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 13 0
SUBMISSION 7 2
DECISION 4 4
DRAWS 1
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Bahadurzada is the real knockout artist with the strong wrestling defense.
  • As of the Thatch fight, Bahadurzada had 12 wins by knockout on his record.
  • As of Thatch fight, Bahadurzada has won 7 of last 9 fights.
  • As seen against Thatch, Bahadurzada is very dominant on the ground. He was unloading on Thatch with the brutal ground and pound techniques.
  • Bahadurzada has shown his unbelievable power in his right hand against Wilkinson.
  • Bahadurzada has a great movement. He was constantly moving against Wilkinson and looked very unpredictable.
  • Bahadurzada is constantly switching weight classes (Middleweight bout against Wilkins, Welterweight bout against Chagas and Welterweight bout against Thatch).
  • Bahadurzada is very explosive early in the fight as seen against Chagas.
  • Bahadurzada has strong kicks to the body. He has won his fight against Chagas with the perfectly placed kick to the body.
  • Against Chagas, Bahadurzada had a hard time getting back to his feet in the first round.
  • However, he has shown great submission defense in the first round against Chagas.