siyar-bahadurzada-2.jpgFormer Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine (14-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the latest victim of the injury bug, and fellow welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada (21-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has stepped as an injury replacement and now fights Robbie Lawler (10-9 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at UFC on FOX 8.

UFC officials today announced the switch.

UFC on FOX 8 takes place July 27 at KeyArena in Seattle. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FX and Facebook.

Bahadurzada vs. Lawler is expected to maintain its main-card slot.

Bahadurzada looks to rebound from a UFC on FUEL TV 8 decision loss to Dong Hyun Kim earlier this year. Prior to that, the Netherlands-based Afghan fighter posted seven consecutive victories, which included winning a 2011 Ultimate Glory tournament and knocking out Paulo Thiago (in just 42 seconds) in his UFC debut.

Plagued by injuries in recent years, Bahadurzada now fights Lawler, who recently returned to the UFC after a long run with EliteXC and Strikeforce. At UFC 157 in February, he halted a 1-3 skid after dropping from middleweight to welterweight and knocking out perennial contender Josh Koscheck.

The latest UFC on FOX 8 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX and Facebook, 4 p.m. ET)

For the latest on UFC on FOX 8, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Siyar Bahadurzad)

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