- STRIKEFORCE SIGNS SHOOTO CHAMP BAHADURZADA

May 12, 2010
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by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Siyar Bahadurzada has his eyes set on a U.S. debut. The Sengoku and Shooto veteran recently signed a four-fight exclusive contract with Strikeforce.

“My management and Strikeforce have a good business relationship. First Alistair Overeem, then Marloes Coenen, and now I have joined Strikeforce,” said Siyar. “There will definitely be some other Golden Glory fighters joining Strikeforce in the future too.

“Strikeforce is a great professional organization and I’m looking forward to competing at their shows.”

The Golden Glory fighter successfully defended his Shooto 183-pound title against Leandro Silva and defeated Pawel Nastula training mate Robert Jocz last year. He hopes to have a breakout year in 2010. No opponent has been named for Bahadurzada’s first fight in Strikeforce, but he anticipates his debut will be soon.

“Hopefully early this summer. I am looking forward to fighting for the fans, but also for the hundreds of thousands of Afghans out there in the U.S. They have been waiting to see me fight in the U.S. for a long time and now the time has come,” stated an excited Bahadurzada. “I will also introduce some new ‘Dutch’ Muay Thai techniques to the MMA fans in the cage. I’m anxious to fight for the U.S. fans and I’m sure the they will like my fighting style.”

Having competed as a middleweight for most of his career, he will now test the waters of Strikeforce’s 170-pound division.

“I have competed in the 170-pound division before. In fact, I’m a natural 170-pound fighter and I feel faster, stronger and more athletic and explosive when I’m 170 pounds. I will have no problems transitioning to my natural weight; the only ones who will have a problem are the ones who will be facing me in this weight division.

“I will face anyone that Strikeforce thinks will make a great fight against me. Down the road I’m really looking forward to being matched with fighters like Marius Zaromskis and Nick Diaz. They are both great fights for me, stylistically. When I fight in the U.S., it will not only be about winning, I will fight to entertain the fans give them their money’s worth.”

Bahadurzada recently visited the states to train. He enlisted the help of some talented fighters to help him improve his wrestling and ground game.

“I was out in California for six weeks. I trained there mostly with Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal and Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller. But I also trained regularly with Fabricio Werdum, Babalu (Renato Sobral), Mark Munoz, and many other great fighters; the last couple days with Rashad Evans.

“The trainings in States were really great and everybody out there wanted to help each other. I really liked the mentality of the fighters in the U.S.,” he commented. “They are willing to exchange knowledge, which is really great for MMA, fighters, and the fans. This is really important in the evolution of a fighter. I will be training with these guys more often in the future and my wrestling and ground game is getting better and better.”

Siyar Bahadurzada has come a long way from the dangerous environment growing up in Afghanistan. He prides himself on his drive and motivation. The Dutch-Afghan fighter looks to the States as his new home and hopes to make an impact in the welterweight division.

“I would like to thank the MMA fans for supporting the sport and especially the fans who support me when I’m fighting. I am really looking forward to fighting in the U.S. and putting on some exciting fights. To the fans who do not know me yet, watch my fights and I will entertain you. For updates regarding my upcoming fights come follow me on twitter @SiyarTheGreat and on facebook ‘Siyar Bahadurzada’.”

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