Jorge Masvidal Steps in for Claudio Silva, Faces Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 201 in Atlanta

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 16, 2016


Jorge Masvidal will replace Claudio Henrique da Silva and face Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 201.

The Las Vegas-based promotion revealed the new matchup on Thursday. UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta on July 30 and is headlined by a welterweight title clash between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley.

Masvidal has lost three of his last four fights, including a split-decision setback against Lorenz Larkin in his most recent outing at UFC Fight Night “Almeida vs. Garbrandt” on May 29. The Strikeforce veteran is 6-4 during his promotional tenure overall.

After more than a two-year layoff, Bahadurzada returned to the Octagon at UFC 196, where he submitted Brandon Thatch with an arm-triangle choke 4:11 into round three. The 32-year-old Afghan fighter is 2-2 in the promotion, with his other victory coming against Paulo Thiago in his April 2012 debut.

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