It took over four full years, but Siyar Bahadurzada heard his name called as the winner inside the Octagon Saturday night at UFC 196.
For Bahadurzada (22-6-1), injuries kept him from fighting since late in 2013 when he lost via decision to John Howard. Earlier that year, he suffered a decision loss to Dong Hyun Kim.
“I am disappointed in my performance, but being away from two years had effects on how you fight,” he said. “My little cousin, who was like a nephew to me, passed away. I almost didn’t fight. I had two car accidents and (had to return) from my shoulder being destroyed.
“But I trained every day and I knew I would come back and be victorious again.”
The last time “Siyar the Great” won was on FUEL TV in 2012 when he knocked Paulo Thiago out in his Octagon debut. The submission-style win was his first since 2007.