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Siyar Bahadurzada: "Michael Bisping Sucks"
After fighting around the globe for the past nine years, Team Golden Glory's Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1) is ready to take his talents to the U.S.
That migration has already begun, as the Afghanistan native is serving as a striking coach for Team Jason "Mayhem" Miller on the 14th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
With any luck, Bahadurzada said he hopes to land a contract with either the UFC or Strikeforce sometime in the near future. And when that happens, "The Killer" promises ample violence in the cage.
"I don't promise a lot of things to people or whoever, but the one thing I promise the fight fans here in the U.S. is that I will knock so many people out that you will never forget my name," Bahadurzada on Monday told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
Currently based in the Netherlands, Bahadurzada has been fighting professionally since 2002. However, a recent transition to the welterweight division that includes an Ultimate Glory World Series title has forced many MMA pundits to take notice of the aggressive brawler. Bahadurzada's strike-first mentality and trademark aggression make him the type of fighter fans clamor to see, and some are saying it's time for those talents to be on display in North America.
"My game is grappling, but I don't like to grapple during a fight," Bahadurzada said. "I just like to make it messy and violent and just knock people out. I just want to knock people out and give people their money's worth."
Lately, he's been doing exactly that. Bahadurzada's current six-fight win streak includes knockouts of notables John Alessio and Derrick Noble, among others. But Bahadurzada wants the chance to face one of the world's best at 170-pounds – a division in which the UFC has locked nearly all of the sport's top talent.
"I would love to fight a top-10 welterweight just to show people the only difference between them being so good in the eyes of people is because they are being marketed so well, Bahadurzada said. "There are fighters who are not being marketed but that are still good fighters. I would like to prove those people wrong who think that fighters who are not being marketed are not good enough."
Bahadurzada said his management is currently in talks with Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce. However, he admits "there is still a lot to talk about" in that process. In the meantime, Bahadurzada said he remains happy with his current employers at Ultimate Glory. A broken right hand is healing well, and he hopes to get back to action as early as late September.
In the meantime, he'll wrap up filming of "TUF 14" and continue to seek out the best fights available. Of course, when the Spike TV reality series begins its fall run, demand to see Bahadurzada in the octagon may increase.
The 27-year-old fighter is contractually bound not to reveal any details of the "TUF" goings on, but his choice words for opposing head coach Michael Bisping would appear to foreshadow a contentious relationship fans can only hope will play out on-screen.
"As a person, Michael Bisping sucks, actually," Bahadurzada said. "I don't like him. I have respect for him as a fighter, but as a person, if I meet him somewhere in a bar and he steps up to me and talks to me, I'll knock him the [expletive] out.
"We don't have a past, but I just don't like him. Trust me, he's just a guy that has it coming to him. If you know Michael Bisping, you know what I mean. Birds fly, grass grow. Michael Bisping is stupid. He's an idiot."