by Adam Martin
An injury to former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine had nixed his upcoming bout against Robbie Lawler, and now Lawler will fight Siyar Bahadurzada.
The UFC today confirmed the switch for UFC on FOX Sports 8, which takes place July 27 at KeyArena in Seattle, WA. The new matchup between Lawler and Bahadurzada will remain on the main card.
Lawler (20-9, 1 NC) returned to the UFC after a stint in Strikeforce at UFC 157 and picked up an upset KO victory over top contender Josh Koscheck. The 31-year-old Lawler is extremely heavy handed and is one of the most dangerous fighters in the entire 170-pound division and with another couple of wins could soon see himself fighting for the title. Against Bahaduzrada he’ll be up against another high-level striker, and this fight has all the makings of a war.
Bahadurzada (21-5-1) takes this fight against Lawler on short notice after losing via decision to Dong Hyun Kim at UFC on FUEL TV 8. The 29-year-old has exceptional KO power and was on a long win streak before he ran into Kim but that fight showed that he has poor grappling and that he isn’t a true contender at 170. However, he is an exciting fighter in the standup and if he can get a knockout over a top contender like Lawler, he’ll be back “in the mix” at 170 despite the obvious holes in his game.
UFC on FOX 8 is headlined by UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga and the co-main event is a welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger.
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