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Siyar Bahadurzada: I'm Not the One Being Unprofessional Here

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Afghan-born fighter Siyar Bahadurzada may regret some of the language he used when lashing out at Strikeforce over the internet last week, but he stands by the sentiment, Bahadurzada told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.

Though Bahadurzada said he signed a contract to fight for Strikeforce in April of 2010, he has yet to be offered a fight with the organization, and said repeated attempts to contact Strikeforce about the situation have been ignored.

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Post #1   2/1/11 12:19:21PM   

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Im surprised UFC didnt pick up Siyar. Dana always talks about breaking into the Asian markets and the Afghan assasin could be a huge star in the mid east.

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I think they haven't picked up on him because of his nationality, not that it's a completely racially driven decision, but America is currently fighting in Afghan and I don't know how well the public would recieve Siyar. SF has no excuse really, but if this is it then I would understand a little ...... and totally sympathize with Siyar.

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Posted by jae_1833

I think they haven't picked up on him because of his nationality, not that it's a completely racially driven decision, but America is currently fighting in Afghan and I don't know how well the public would recieve Siyar. SF has no excuse really, but if this is it then I would understand a little ...... and totally sympathize with Siyar.



I see what your saying, but I meant more in the sense that Dana talked about doing a middle eastern edition ultimate fighter, another show in abu dhabi, etc, and it seems like Siyar would fit right in that demographic.

I really hope the ufc wouldnt demonize an entire nation just because of a few misguided citizens.

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Posted by jae_1833

I think they haven't picked up on him because of his nationality, not that it's a completely racially driven decision, but America is currently fighting in Afghan and I don't know how well the public would recieve Siyar. SF has no excuse really, but if this is it then I would understand a little ...... and totally sympathize with Siyar.



I can't imagine that this is the case and I would sincerely hope that the UFC would not be so jingoist that they would avoid nabbing talent because of their Middle Eastern background. I would also sincerely hope that fans of the sport wouldn't be so ignorant that they would boo an individual for their nationality/race/ethnicity.

Unless the guy enters the octagon wearing extremist propaganda and calls for a jihad during his post-fight speech, I would hope that he would be afforded the same courtesy as any other fighter. The guy just wants a paycheck. He wants to display his skills.

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I totally agree with both of you but have a lot less faith in people, especially my own. I think the UFC should become international (and hope the U.S. dominates that market! ) but think that it is much easier and profitable to start in areas already accepting and embracing the sport such as Japan, Brazil, UK, and Russia/Eastern European countries. Afghan, like much of the Middle East, is in a season of turmoil and it may just be wiser to stay out of that mess for the time being. I hope that the guy leaves SF and totally signs with the UFC, you know the UFC doesn't let their "unknowns" sit around and not fight like SF does their Champions!!

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Kamal Shalorous is from Iran, not exactly a country that sees eye to eye politically with the US. The UFC is definitely not avoiding this guy because of his nationality.

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Posted by pmoney

Kamal Shalorous is from Iran, not exactly a country that sees eye to eye politically with the US. The UFC is definitely not avoiding this guy because of his nationality.



If anything, being from Afghanistan would help him being signed. The whole 'we're going everywhere' mentality would most likely apply in this case.

Post #8   2/4/11 7:03:52PM