Where were you for UFC 168? Much like the moon landing, the fart heard round the world has become one of the most talked about and mysterious events of 2013. Okay, perhaps that's a bridge too far, but it is one of those little mysteries that plagues the mind. John Howard was quick to come out and say that not only was he not to blame, but that it was Siyar Bahadurzada that dealt it. However, Siyar Bahadurzada, appearing on Episode 214 of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, has his own side to the story. According to him neither fighter is to blame for the mid-fight crack rattler, rather it was the camera man who was to blame:
I didn't hear it during the fight, but after the fight some fans were tweeting at me. They were like, "Man, were you... did you fart? Or did John Howard fart?" First of all, I kept quiet, because I thought it was John Howard. I'm not going to dismantle the guy and say he farted, because you lose your face. The entire world heard that fart. So, I didn't say anything. And then John Howard went out and said it was me, that I was it. So then, I was like, "Man, you're not sure that it was me. Why are you saying this?" But then the UFC and BJPenn.com tweeted that it was Camera Man #4 who farted in the broadcast.
Exactly, it was very close to the camera, very close to the microphone. It couldn't have been us.
No, no, no. It wasn't me, or John Howard. It was Camera Man #4.
On a more serious note (although, honestly, anything would be a more serious note) Siyar (pronounced Seer) also talked about his injury woes over the last year. After fighting Once in 2012 he sat out almost an entire year before losing to Dong Hyun Kim in March and then sat out another 9 months before his most recent loss to John Howard. In between those three fights he's apparently suffered three broken hands, two debilitating illnesses, and a set of dislocated shoulders.
My fight at UFC 168 didn't really go the way it should have, or the way I wanted it to actually, because ever since the end of 2012 I have been victim of a lot of injuries. Like, a ton of injuries. I broke my right hand three times, had an operation on my right hand. And then I was supposed to fight in June 2013, I was supposed to fight Robbie Lawler. Then, I injured by back. And after that I got sick for, like, 4 months, couldn't train. And then I came to Miami to train for my last fight, UFC 168, and six weeks out I got really sick. I had, for a week long, I had fever, couldn't train. And then after that I was sick for a week and a half more. When that was over I started training. So, of course, you want to train hard, three weeks out too, because I couldn't train the entire camp. And I dislocated my right shoulder and two days later I dislocated my left shoulder.
While these kinds of injury woes are nothing new to fight fans at this point, it's good to hear that he seems to have targeted the problem as his own over-aggressive training. He'll be taking another 3 to 6 months off to recover from his existing injuries and make some camp changes before returning to the octagon this year. So, be sure to stay tuned for more injury updates, fight announcements and technical (and occasionally gaseous) breakdowns.
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