It didn’t take the UFC long to find Siyar Bahadurzada a new foe to face after news broke over the weekend that Afghan striker’s originally adversary, Thiago Alves, had pulled out of their July 21 bout at UFC 149. Stepping in for Alves will be Chris Clements, an 11-4 Canadian whose presence on the card should no doubt please the crowd in Calgary come showtime.
UFC officials confirmed the change earlier today.
Clements found success in his Octagon debut by way of decision this past April and is on a five-fight winning streak including knockouts of UFC veterans Jonathan Goulet and Rich Clementi. Ten of his eleven wins have involved a TKO finish while he himself has only been stopped with strikes a single time (more than five years ago).
The stand-up savvy Bahadurzada should be more than willing to engage Clements on his feet, holding a 21-4-1 record with seventeen stoppages, eleven via TKO.
UFC 149 is headlined by Jose Aldo defending his featherweight belt against Erik Koch with other notable pairings set for the lineup such as Michael Bisping-Tim Boetsch and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira-Cheick Kongo.
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