Welcome to the new era of UFC roster growth. No longer are fighters one-and-done (except for TUF, all bets are off for TUF). Even going 0-2 no longer seems to be a surefire way to be shown the door. It seems today's UFC talent needs to drop 3 or 4 straight fights before they come up for consideration as a fighter to cut. Is it the desire to keep more international fighters on the roster as the UFC explores new markets? Or, merely the result of an expanded schedule that sees more events per year than ever before? Likely, it's both. Whatever the cause, the UFC has been giving athletes a lot more leeway than it used to. Case and point, Siyar Bahadurzada.
"The Great" (nee Killer) posted the news of his new 4-fight deal with the UFC on Instagram:
As he mentioned in his statements to the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, earlier this week, Bahadurzada is going to be taking some time off to heal up from a couple of bad shoulder injuries and then will be looking to make some changes to his training camp before returning to action in 2014. So, I wouldn't expect a quick turnaround for him, but when he comes back, you can be sure it will be under the Zuffa promotional banner.
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