Siyar ‘the Great’ Bahadurzada (24-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is fresh off his win against Luan Chagas at Fight Night 128 just over a week ago. Fighting out of Deventer, Netherlands, the veteran is still ingrained to his roots and represents his home country of Afghanistan.
Hand injury, illness and other injuries have reduced Bahadurzada to fight for only six times in six years. However, Bahadurzada has always been a warrior since he was a little boy, and coming off two consecutive second round finishes since his return, he definitely thinks momentum is on his side.
“This is the year that things are going to happen for me,” Bahadurzada told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m very determined. I’m very excited. I’m injury-free.”
“I grew up in Afghanistan in the war, and I’ve been through a lot of sh-t,” Bahadurzada said. “I walked over dead bodies as a little kid, running for my life, from civil war. I’ve been through a lot of sh-t. But this? Two years of me being so down, six feet under the ground – it cooked me on a different level, man. It actually ignited the champion inside of me that I want to become.
Bahadurzada made his comeback in his own backyard at Fight Night Rotterdam after 18 long months. He was slated to fight undefeated Australian prospect Rob ‘Razor’ Wilkinson at a weight class above that too on a short notice. Bahadurzada however shins in a short notice fight and just like his debut, he secured a finish against Wilkinson. He then finished Chagas via a vicious liver kick to earn a bonus.
“I didn’t come back to just show up, win one or two, and then lose one or two – and then at the end of my career call it quits and whatever whenever it feels like I can’t do it anymore. There is no such thing like that. I came back to conquer. I came back to be a champion. And I’m going to show it. I will break them all. One by one.”
Along with his own aspirations, Bahadurzada aims to be an inspiration for young kids in Afghanistan.
“Now that I’m in this position, I’m trying to ignite the champion inside those little kids,” Bahadurzada said. “I want to give them hope. Because they don’t have hope. I didn’t have hope when I was in Afghanistan. Because you didn’t know what day would be your last day and what rocket or bullet has your name written on it. When you walk out of the house, you don’t know if you’ll return because of the suicide attacks in Afghanistan. I want to give these people hope.”
“I want them to focus on training and not on drugs or anything else. Because we have poverty in Afghanistan, but what we also have is the courage and bravery to be somebody big – to make it to the top.”
When asked about whom he would like to fight next Bahadurzada said, “Robbie Lawler would be a great fight,” Bahadurzada said. “He’s a tough guy. He comes to fight. I come to fight. We have a very similar style of fighting. I think that will make up for a fight of the decade. If Robbie Lawler would like to fight, I would love (it).”