The fart heard round the world! A question lingering from UFC 168 is as simple as they come, “who dealt it?”. During the fight between John Howard and Siyar Bahadurzada, someone let one loose, and its been a mystery ever sense on who is the culprit. According to Howard, it is Bahadurzada who’s to blame for letting one rip during their bout. However, Bahadurzada stated, during his appearance on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, that this was not the case. Instead he claims that neither fighter is blame, and that is was the camera man that let it go.
“I didn’t hear it during the fight but after the fight some fans were tweeting at me. They were like, ‘Man, were you… did you fart? Or did John Howard fart?’ First of all, I kept quiet, because I thought it was John Howard. I’m not going to dismantle the guy and say he farted, because you lose your face. The entire world heard that fart. So, I didn’t say anything. And then John Howard went out and said it was me, that I was it. So then, I was like, ‘Man, you’re not sure that it was me. Why are you saying this?’ But then the UFC and BJPenn.com tweeted that it was Camera Man #4 who farted in the broadcast… Exactly, it was very close to the camera, very close to the microphone. It couldn’t have been us… No, no, no. It wasn’t me, or John Howard. It was Camera Man #4.”
Direction shifted to a bit more serious of a topic as Siyar talked about his injuries during this past year. This year hasn’t exactly been Bahadurzada’s year, as he is on a two fight losing streak and finishes every bout with an injury of some sort. He only fought once in 2012 and then took almost a year’s long break. He then lost to Don Hyun Kim in March, then followed that loss with another long lay off, this time 9 months. In his most recent outing in the Octagon, Siyar lost to John Howard. Apparently the layoffs were not Siyar’s choice, as he has suffered from three broken hands, dislocated shoulders, and apparently two illnesses that incapacitated the fighter.
“My fight at UFC 168 didn’t really go the way it should have, or the way I wanted it to actually, because ever since the end of 2012 I have been victim of a lot of injuries. Like, a ton of injuries. I broke my right hand three times, had an operation on my right hand, and then I was supposed to fight in June 2013. I was supposed to fight Robbie Lawler. Then, I injured by back. And after that I got sick for, like, 4 months, couldn’t train. And then I came to Miami to train for my last fight, UFC 168, and six weeks out I got really sick. I had, for a week long, I had fever, couldn’t train. And then after that I was sick for a week and a half more. When that was over, I started training. So, of course, you want to train hard, three weeks out too, because I couldn’t train the entire camp. And I dislocated my right shoulder and two days later I dislocated my left shoulder.”
Siyar blames overtraining for many of the reasons that his body seemed to be breaking down. He is looking at yet another layoff for about 3-6 months in order to recover from what injuries he currently has, and maybe more importantly make some adjustments with his training regiment and camp.
(all quotes via www.mmafighting.com)