Bahadurzada vs. Howard hit UFC 168

A welterweight bout has been added to


168 that will pit Afghani knockout artist Siyar Bahadurzada

against Boston native John Howard in his return to 170 pounds.

It’s been a strange, long trip for Bahadurzada thus far in his

UFC career because while he has been signed to the promotion for

over two years, he’s only fought twice thus far due to various

injuries that have kept him out of action.

Most recently, Bahadurzada was expected to face fellow slugger

Robbie Lawler at UFC On FOX: Johnson vs. Moraga, but just weeks

after the announcement


target="_blank">he suffered an injury and was forced back to the


Now returned to full health, Bahadurzada will look to get back

in the Octagon for one more fight this year while also attempting

to wash out the bad taste from his last bout when he lost by

unanimous decision to Dong Hyun Kim at UFC on FUEL TV: Silva vs.

Stann in March.

Standing in his way will be John Howard, who returns to the

welterweight division after several fights competing at 185 pounds.

Howard’s previous stint in the UFC ended after he went 4-3 overall,

but dropped his last three in a row.

Following his exit from the promotion, Howard moved up to

middleweight where he amassed a record of 6-1 before returning with

a win over former

target="_blank">Ultimate Fighter finalist Uriah Hall at UFC

Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen.

Now Howard will drop back down to the welterweight division for

his next bout at UFC 168 where he faces Bahadurzada while trying to

pick up his second victory in a row since returning to the