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UFC 149 Update: Akiyama Injured, Bahadurzada Steps in Against Alves

With judoka Yoshihiro Akiyama off UFC 149 due to injury, Siyar Bahadurzada has stepped up to face Thiago Alves in Calgary. The UFC announced the matchup earlier today.

Bahadurzada recently debuted at UFC on Fuel 2, where he quickly dispatched Paulo Thiago with a vicious display of striking. The win extended the Afghani fighter’s win-streak to seven and also earned him “Knockout of the Night.”

Alves will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2. Alves appeared to be on his way to victory before succumbing to a guillotine choke.

UFC 149 takes place July 21 in Calgary, Alberta and will be headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and Erik Koch.

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