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Rob Wilkinson hails from Australia and likes choking people out, but he’s making his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 115, and first-time Octagon jitters is considered an actual mental disorder by the American Medical Association. (No it isn’t). Siyar Bahadurzada is from Afghanistan, but has spent much of his combat sports life as a hard-striking Shooto champ with a crazy streak and a mean look in his eye. This is your co-main event, folks, so enjoy it.

Both men comes out throwing kicks and punches, until Wilkinson eventually gets the Afghani down, thereby interrupting his rhythm. Bahadurzada gets up, returns to firing off strikes, and eventually catches Wilkinson with his head down and slips on a D’Arce choke. The Aussie wriggles free, they wrestling some more, and Wilkinson gets the takedown. Bahadurzada must then defend back-mount almost until time runs.

They continue banging away in the second, but success eludes both men until Bahadurzada clocks Wilkinson with a solid right hand. That prompts Wilkinson to mix things up with takedown attempts. Unfortunately, Bahadurzada catches on quick what Wilkinson wants to do, and blasts him with an uppercut. Wilkinson goes down, gets up, and goes down against under a storm of leather, and the ref has seen enough.


Results: Siyar Bahadurzada def. Rob Wilkinson via TKO (Punches) at 3:10, R2