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Yoshihiro Akiyama Out of UFC 149, Thiago Alves Now Fights Siyar Bahadurzada

Written by Tom Ngo
May 8th, 2012
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UFC Welterweight Thiago Alves

On Tuesday afternoon, the UFC’s Brazilian Twitter account announced an undisclosed injury has forced Yoshihiro Akiyama out of his UFC 149 shootout against Thiago Alves (Pictured). Now worries, because slugger Siyar Bahadurzada has agreed to serve as substitute on July 21st.

Bahadurzada made quite the splash in his big league debut at “UFC on FUEL TV 2” by putting Paulo Thiago to sleep in just 42 seconds. The ‘Knockout of the Night’ performance marked the welterweight’s seventh consecutive victory.

Alves is looking to rebound from a disappointing submission loss to Martin Kampmann. After dominating much of their standup affair, the former top contender inexplicably attempted a takedown in the closing seconds of their shootout and found himself on the wrong end of a Hail Mary.

Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada hosts the festivities. A featherweight title tilt between champion Jose Aldo and Erik Koch headlines the show.

Here is the card’s updated roster:

Preliminary Card:

Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh

Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen

Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon

George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho

Court McGee vs. Nick Ring

Main Card:

Thiago Alves vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Thiago Silva

Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch

Erik Koch vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)

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