Afghan MMA fighter makes history – wins his first ever UFC fight!
Last night, at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Afghan mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Siyar Bahadurzada knocked out his Brazilian opponent Paulo Thiago in just 42 seconds of the first round. Bahadurzada made history as he has now become the first ever Afghan to fight in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the largest MMA organization in the world. Bahadurzada landed a powerful right hand to Thiago’s jaw. The punch snapped Thiago’s head around causing him to fall unconscious to the mat, face-first. Bahadurzada is known for being a powerful striker, and last night he proved it to thousands of MMA fans worldwide. In fact, over 50% of his wins have come from either a knock out or a technical knock out. The UFC also announced that Bahadurzada was given the “Knockout of the Night” honors, and was awarded an extra $50,000.
After the fight, Bahadurzada told America’s Fox Sports TV Network that he fights for Afghanistan. “When I have the flag on my shoulders, I donâ€™t want to step on anybodyâ€™s toes with that. I just want to put Afghanistan in positive news headlines. That is my goal. That is what I want to do for my country.”
With this win, Bahadurzada improves his record to 21 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. Bahadurzada is anxious to fight again. “There will be more knockouts like this. I promise you”, Bahadurzada said. Bahadurzada is also the 3 times and reigning Shooto light heavyweight champion of the world and the Golden Glory World Series 2010/2011 welterweight champion.