For those of you who don’t know, Siyar Bahadurzada is the first Afghan mixed martial artist to fight for the UFC. He made his octagon debut earlier this month at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva. A debut in which Siyar took only 42 seconds to knockout fellow welterweight contender Paulo Thiago! We were lucky enough to speak with ‘The Killer’ about his most recent fight, as well as what it was like for him growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Chris: First off thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us. You are coming off an incredible UFC debut, where you knocked out Paulo Thiago in less than a minute with a single punch. Safe to say you are satisfied with your performance?
Siyar: I am very satisfied with my performance! The fight went down the way I had pictured it in my mind a million times before it happened!
Chris: Paulo Thiago is a big 1st fight for a UFC debut, how did you train for such a dangerous opponent? What aspects of his game were you most concerned with going into the fight?
Siyar: I trained like I always train. I work on my own strengths and forget about my opponents strengths. Because I know I will make him fight my fight!
Chris: I heard you had an injured hand leading up to the fight, how did this affect your training and preparation?
Siyar: I did not use my right hand that well. Though I trained with my hand and had great timing in both hands. Coming into the fight I could make a fist, but couldn’t squeeze my fist, that’s how hurt my hand was. I honestly thought my hand was broken. But thank God it was not the case and now i’m training again!
Chris: Well I’m glad to hear your good to go, that said, who would you like to fight next in the UFC?
Siyar: Someone with two arms and two legs. That would make a fair fight, right?
Chris: Haha, I can’t argue with that. You were born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. How was life growing up there and when did you first become involved in MMA?
Siyar: Well, life is not easy growing up in the war. As a kid, I went through alot of crazy things. I remember walking on peoples bodies as a kid in the war. I remember people crying on the streets without limbs and asking for help. To sum it up, I have seen things people need to talk to shrinks about. But I carry all those things inside of me. When I enter the octagon, you see a different person. You see a savage, ferocious and fierce killer! That is the effects of war on me I guess. I turn into a killer in an instant. But outside the octagon, I am a normal person who has studied International Business and Languages and lives a normal joyful life. But I’ll always carry those negative emotions with me and since 2000 I’ve been involved in MMA. I’m happy I can use those emotions in my favor in a fight.
Chris: I heard a rumor that your nickname ‘the killer’ was given to you by your grandfather? Is this true and could you tell me more about this?
Siyar: Yes, this is true. My grandpa gave me this nickname because I got into a fight with three older kids when I was like 6 years old and I beat them all! My grandpa was watching me from afar and by the time he got close, those boys were gone with a sour taste in their mouth (haha). That’s when my grandpa told me: “You are a killer! The way you handled yourself in that fight was unbelieveable”. Years later when I came to Holland and I started fighting in MMA… That nickname came back up when people saw me fighting.
Chris: That is pretty cool man, speaking of Holland, how did you end up training with Golden Glory and what was it like to train there?
Siyar: I’m not with GG anymore. No further comments on that subject.
Chris: Fair enough. Well thanks again for taking the time to talk to me! Can’t wait to see you back inside the octagon! Any last words from “The Killer”.
Siyar: I would like to thank all my fans for supporting me on facebook (Siyar Bahadurzada) and on twitter @SiyarTheKiller and the ones who I do not know about. I will continue giving you guys what you pay for… Vicious knockouts!!!!!
The life story of Siyar Bahadurzada is truly something to marvel at. But the 28 year old fighter is far from done, and I personally can’t wait to see what comes next for him. Who would you like to see ‘The Killer’ fight next Penn Nation?