Fans hoping to see UFC welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada battle a fellow striker on next month’s stop in Calgary may have been disappointed when word surfaced over the weekend pertaining to Thiago Alves’ withdrawal from their scheduled bout. However, it appears the hard-hitting 28-year old will still be facing an adversary at the July 21 event who prefers punches and kicks to takedowns and submissions attempts.
According to an official announcement, Bahadurzada will clash with Chris Clements at UFC 149 as part of a lineup headlined by featherweight champ Jose Aldo facing Erik Koch.
Clements holds an 11-4 record with ten wins by way of a strike-based stoppage. He has emerged victorious in his last five fights with four finishes in the bunch including those against ex-UFC competitors Jonathan Goulet and Rich Clementi. The Canadian Clements is 1-0 thus far inside the Octagon with a Split Decision in his debut at UFC 145.
Comparably, Bahadurzada is 21-4-1 with seventeen finishes including a memorable pasting of Paulo Thiago in mid-April.
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