Few fighters have ever made their UFC debut in as memorable fashion as 27-year old welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada. Taking on widely-respected veteran Paulo Thiago, a daunting task in itself, Bahadurzada made sure any pre-fight butterflies flew in formation with a beautifully brutal knockout win less than a minute into the opening round of their UFC on Fuel 2 bout.
The heavy-handed Afghan notched the eleventh strike-based stoppage with the performance as well as Knockout of the Night honors and $50,000 for the distinction.
Fight of the Night went to bantamweights Brad Pickett-Damacio Page despite a few other worthwhile contenders given the evening’s overall excellent action. Pickett and Page went at it, waging a back-and-forth battle, with Pickett eventually securing a Rear-Naked Choke for the finish. They too received $50,000 each for the award.
Last but certainly not least, John Maguire continued his current run with an Armbar victory over DaMarques Johnson to pick up his seventh straight instance of success. As a result he earned $50,000 and Submission of the Night.
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MMATraining Take: Bahadurzada’s finish of Thiago was unquestionably the night’s best knockout though there were a few other possibilities where the other two awards are concerned. I particularly enjoyed Jason Young-Eric Wisely and thought James Head’s spit-inducing choke of Papy Abedi was at least as entertaining as Maguire’s Armbar.