This will Bahadurzada’s first fight in UFC after almost one and half years absence and following his last UFC match early in March last year.
Bahadurzada for the last time faced Brandon Thatch of the United States and won the match by arm triangle choke submission.
His MMA record includes 29 fights in total with 22 wins, 6 losses, and one draw while his record in UFC includes four matches with two wins and two losses.
Bahadurzada made his debute in UFC in early 2014 and managed to knock out Brazil’s Paulo Thiago in 42 seconds of the first round.
In the meantime, his tonight’s rival Rob Wilkinson’s MMA record includes 11 matches with no losses.
After almost one and half years of break from the UFC matches, Bahadurzada says “I took some time off, I enjoyed my life, and now I’m back and I want to kick some ass.”
“I miss that rush. Once that door closes behind you, you hear the click, and it’s giving you the green light to hunt. And I’ll play a little bit around with him (Wilkinson), just like a lion plays with its prey, and whenever I feel like I should finish it, I’ll go for it. That’s what I missed the most,” he was quoted as saying in a report on official website of UFC.
“I had my goals so big but I wasn’t ready to achieve those goals,” he admits. “I wasn’t that person yet. I really believe I’m destined for greatness. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t have pursued my career this far, and at this point, I’m still hungry. I’m as hungry as I was 15 years ago. The only change is that I’ve become a smarter fighter. And all these setbacks have prepared me and built me into the man who is going to be able to achieve those goals. And the start is going to be on September 2.”