Entering UFC on Fuel 2, welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada was a relative unknown outside of informed circles and even then seen by many as a heavy-handed prospect with a hard-to-pronounce name. Exiting today’s event chances are both groups of fans remember the 27-year old in full detail after his beautifully brutal finish of Brazilian Paulo Thiago.
Bahadurzada, who was making his UFC debut in the bout, put Thiago down less than a minute into the opening round of their rumble. The finish left Thiago face-down on the canvas and was the first finish he’d suffered in his career.
The showing was named the card’s Knockout of the Night and earned Bahadurzada an additional $50,000 on top of his regularly contracted rate.
Fight of the Night (and $50k each) was awarded to the entertaining effort between bantamweights Brad Pickett and Damacio Page. The two went at it full speed for nearly ten minutes until “One Punch” Pickett sealed the deal in the second stanza with a Rear-Naked Choke.
While Pickett’s stoppage was well-done, John Maguire employed his “Gypsy Jiu-Jitsu” to bring home Submission of the Night honors. The distinction was also worth $50,000 with Maguire deserving every penny after a textbook Armbar of DaMarques Johnson late in the second round of their main card clash.
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