But he'll have to wait awhile before following up on his big debut. The UFC announced via Twitter on Saturday night that the well-traveled welterweight had to drop out of his UFC 149 bout on July 21 against Chris Clements due to an undisclosed injury. Matt Riddle will take Bahadurzada's place.
"UFC 149: oh sweet mercy.... Siyar out injured, new bout is Chris Clements vs Matt Riddle," read the tweet.
The former Shooto champion's injury is the latest in a series of events that have wreaked havoc on the company's first Calgary event. The main event of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo vs. Eric Koch was scrapped when Aldo suffered a left leg injury. Bahadurzada was originally supposed to face Thiago Alves, who dropped out of the fight due to an injury and was replaced by Clements, a Team Tompkins fighter from Ontario who won his UFC debut against Keith Wisniewski at UFC 145.