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Kickboxing specialist Siyar Bahadurzada is probably one of the best fighters to come out of Afghanistan – which is a lot like saying he’s the best fighter to come from Mars (how many fighters does Mars produce?), but whatever.

Luan Chagas is a jiu-jitsu black belt who, in three UFC fights, has managed to get a win, a loss and a draw. Will tonight’s result be a “no contest”? Really, that’s the only thing left…

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Chagas comes out thinking kicks, while Bahadurzada is like, “Screw that, I’m just going to punch you in the face over and over again.” That’s pretty much what happens, and when Bahadurzada grabs one of those kicks, suddenly Chagas is on his back and the Afghani is peppering him with ground and pound. But Chagas has got that grappling, and at the first opening he scrambles out and onto his opponent’s back, and Bahadurzada is now fending off the choke. It takes some work, but Bahadurzada survives to the horn.

Emboldened by his success in the first, Chagas comes out swinging in the second, and it’s back and forth for a while, with both men showing what they’ve got on their feet. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, what he’s got is vastly inferior to what Bahadurzada’s got – as evidenced by the surgical front kick to the liver that totally crumples Chagas.

That’s all she wrote, folks.


Results: Siyar Bahadurzada def. Luan Chagas via KO (Body Kick) at 2:40, R2