That’s all it took for heavy-handed Afghan born knockout artist Siyar Bahadurzada to make his impact felt in his UFC debut against Paulo Thiago.
A brief feeling out period started the fight as Bahadurzada and Thiago both tried to find their distance, without getting too aggressive.
Well, that plan went out the door in a hurry as Thiago decided to be the one to rush forward, and it cost him dearly.
The Brazilian lunged at Bahadurzada and the Dutch trained fighter clipped him with a short right hand that caught him flush on the jaw.
Thiago crashed face first into the mat, with his arms at his side, and it was obvious that the fight was over.
The fight only lasted 42 seconds, but Bahadurzada still paid tribute to Paulo Thiago for coming out and being the kind of fighter he loves to face.
“Paulo Thiago, I respect this guy a lot because Paulo Thiago comes every time to fight, and I love those kind of fighters who come to fight because I come to fight. Because the fans want to see a fight, and I want to give them a fight,” said Bahadurzada.
Injuries and delays put Bahadurzada on the shelf for a much longer time that he wanted to be there, so nothing was going to stop him from making his UFC debut on Saturday.
As a matter of fact, the right hand that he used to knock out Thiago? Yeah, it was probably broken prior to the fight ever happening.
“I did feel (it) because I think my right hand is broken,” said Bahadurzada. “10 days before the fight, I think I broke my right hand, but I didn’t even go to the doctor, I don’t want to know if it’s broken, I just wanted this so bad. Even if I missed my right hand, I would fight.”
Now imagine what Bahadurzada could do with a healthy right hand.
The former Golden Glory fighter will now travel home to Holland to get the hand checked out, but he’ll have his first UFC victory and probably a ‘Knockout of the Night’ bonus to comfort him as he heads to the doctor’s office.