UFC 168: Bahadurzada Pledges to Give Back to His Native Afghanistan
By FCF Staff
It’s the giving season and Siyar Bahadurzada plans to give back to his native Afghanistan in a substantive way, after the welterweight battles John Howard at UFC 168 this Saturday night.
In a recent interview with UFC.com the 29 year-old fighter relayed the following:
“With my fight purse, including any bonuses, I’m going to fly to Afghanistan and help the kids over there,” said the Kabul native. “I’m going to spend this money buying shoes and jackets for those little kids. I’m pretty sure they need it more than I do, and I’m pretty sure it will save a lot of lives.”
“My people know my emotions are sincere,” he said. “They see me fight for Afghanistan, they see me go through hell for Afghanistan, they see that I love them and I fight for them. It’s not the money that motivates me. I’m the only Afghan (in the UFC) and I would like to represent Afghanistan and my people in a positive way.”
The feared striker is looking to rebound from a unanimous decision loss he incurred versus Dong Hyun Kim in March, which ended Bahadurzada’s (21-5-1) seven fight win streak.
Howard (21-8) is coming off a split decision win over Uriah Hall at UFC FN 26 in August, which extended his win streak to three.
UFC 168 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.