Two of the welterweight division’s hardest-hitting fighters have been matched to mix it up on July 21 in Calgary as part of UFC 149 with Thiago AlvesSiyar Bahadurzada filling the aforementioned roles. Alves was originally scheduled to face Yoshihiro Akiyama at the event but the Japanese star was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury.

News of the fight has been confirmed by the UFC.

Alves is a former title-contender known for his vicious Muay Thai and willingness to stand with any opponent. The 28-year old Brazilian holds an overall record of 19-9 including finishing performances against Karo Parisyan and Matt Hughes as well as a decision victory over Josh Koscheck.

The 21-4-1 Bahadurzada made an instant impression in his UFC debut last month by knocking out Paulo Thiago in 42 seconds. Eleven of his wins have come by way of a strike-based stoppage.

UFC 149 is headlined by featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s title-defense against Erik Koch. Other featured bouts include Michael Bisping-Tim Boetsch and Cheick Kongo-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.


MMATraining Take: This fight has “win” written all over it in terms of the potential to entertain. Both men love to strike and have one-punch/kick knockout power. What’s not to like?