Canadian welterweight Chris
Clements has answered the call to face fellow striker Siyar
Bahadurzada next month at UFC
UFC officials Monday announced the swap, confirming recent reports
that Bahadurzada’s original opponent, Thiago
Alves, was forced from the bout due to injury.
The 170-pounders will meet July 21 at Scotiabank Saddledome in
Calgary, Alberta, on a card headlined by a UFC featherweight title
bout between divisional ruler Jose Aldo and
once-beaten Erik Koch.
Another of the card’s main attractions remains up in the air, as
the UFC has yet to confirm a new foe for former 205-pound ace
Rua, whose original opponent, Thiago
Silva, dropped out last week.
Clements, 36, will make his sophomore Octagon appearance, having
outpointed veteran Keith
Wisniewski in his April debut at UFC 145. A student of the late
Tompkins, Clements made a name for himself in November 2010 by
Goulet with a vicious second-round knockout which sent the UFC
veteran into retirement.
Bahadurzada announced his presence on the world stage in April by
clobbering skilled grappler Paulo
Thiago in just 42 seconds at UFC on Fuel TV 2. The Afghan-born
Golden Glory product currently rides a seven-fight winning streak,
with five of those victories coming by way of first-round knockout.