Amir Sadollah

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Amir Sadollah
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Born (1980-08-27) August 27, 1980 (age 34)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity Iranian
Irish
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight (2009–present)
Middleweight (2008)
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Richmond, Virginia
Team Throwdown Training Center & Xtreme Couture
Rank Master of Sports in Sambo
purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2008–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 6
By submission 2
By decision 4
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By decision 4
Amateur career
Total 4
Wins 4
By knockout 1
By submission 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Amir Ali Sadollah[1] (Persian: امیرعلی ﺳﻌدالله) (born August 27, 1980) is an American professional mixed martial artist (MMA) of Iranian and Irish descent. He was the winner of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter 7. He has fought exclusively within the confines of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon since the beginning of his MMA career, making him one of the few fighters who have done so.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Sadollah was born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Richmond, Virginia to an Iranian father and an Irish-American mother. Following his graduation from John Randolph Tucker High School he attended J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Amir began mixed martial arts as a way to stay in shape. He began to take the sport more seriously after working as a surgical technologist at VCU Healthsystems and seeing similarities in the personalities of surgeons and fighters.

Amir trained at Combat Sports Center in Richmond, VA. Amir trained under Brian Crenshaw, Fred Corritone and alongside Dwayne "Diesel" Shelton. Dwayne helped fine tune Amir's skills and put together his highlight reel for the application for "The Ultimate Fighter 7".

While at Combat Sports Center Amir attained an undefeated 4-0 (MMA), 3-0 (Muay Thai) amateur record through Combat Sports Center and its sister promotion, Combat Sports Challenge prior to going on to the Ultimate Fighter Reality television show, first making it into the “house” and then going on to defeat four opponents to win Season 7 and a three-fight UFC contract, which, due to his outstanding performance, has been extended. Other notable professional fighters from Combat Sports Center that trained with Amir include Dwayne “Diesel” Shelton, Anthony Morrison, WEC veteran and 145 pound Ring of Combat Champion, and international Kickboxing star Francois “Bang Bang” Ambang, who came to CSC from Cameroon to join the fight team.

Sadollah's amateur record of 4–0 included a decision win, a knockout and two submissions.[2][3] Sadollah was one of the 32 successful candidates out of 250 applicants at the October 2007, International Fight League draft in Chicago.[4] He impressed Dana White and producers enough to earn a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete on The Ultimate Fighter. Amir went on to win the tournament and the title of the Ultimate Fighter. He is currently a member of Throwdown Training Center together with friend and coach Forrest Griffin.

He holds a black belt in Sambo under Rick McCoy, founder of MMA Institute and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Diffley.[5]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Sadollah came on to the show with no professional record in MMA, and went on to win the competition. Sadollah defeated Steve Byrnes by tapout due to an armbar to win the elimination bout and get into the house.

Sadollah was the second pick for Team Forrest and fourth overall. His first preliminary fight was against Team Rampage's Gerald Harris. Sadollah defeated Harris via TKO due to strikes. Sadollah's quarter-final match was against fellow Team Forrest member and friend, Matt Brown. After a close back and forth fight, Sadollah eventually defeated Brown via tapout due to a triangle choke.

Sadollah's semi-final match was against Team Rampage's number one pick, CB Dollaway. After being put on his back for almost the whole fight, Sadollah locked up an armbar in the last minute of the last round to be the winner by submission. He was then set to face fellow Team Forrest member, Jesse Taylor at the finale to crown the winner of the tournament. However, due to Taylor's antics after taping the show, he was kicked out of the tournament and replaced by Dollaway, who had fought Tim Credeur for the spot.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On the season finale of TUF 7, Amir earned another victory over CB Dollaway with an armbar only this time it was in the first round. The victory secured his title of The Ultimate Fighter and provided him with a six-figure UFC contract.

Sadollah's second UFC fight was scheduled to be against Nick Catone at UFC 91. However, due to a leg infection, Sadollah withdrew from the match.[6] A replacement for Sadollah could not be found so the match was scrubbed from the card. The match was rescheduled for February 7, 2009 at UFC Fight Night 17.[7] On January 23, Sadollah was again forced to withdraw from the fight, this time due to a broken clavicle.[8]

Sadollah made his post-Ultimate Fighter Debut at UFC 101 on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia (at the Wachovia Center) against Johny Hendricks.[9] In the opening seconds of the first round, Hendricks blocked a high head kick from Sadollah and countered with an uppercut knocking Sadollah to his knees. Hendricks continued to land punches until referee Dan Miragliotta pulled him off and ended the fight 29 seconds into the first round. Some have criticized Miragliotta for stopping the fight too early, as Sadollah seemed to be trying to get up, but Miragliotta defended his stoppage saying Sadollah was "out of it" and "still looked glassy eyed and asked me what happened."[10]

Sadollah defeated newly re-signed welterweight Phil Baroni at UFC 106. During the fight Sadollah showed a superior Muay Thai clinch and precision kicks.[11]

Sadollah defeated Brad Blackburn on January 11, 2010, at UFC Fight Night 20 via unanimous decision. During the bout Sadollah utilized great head and body kicks along with knees in the clinch and a solid ground game.[12]

Sadollah faced Korean judoka, Dong Hyun Kim, at UFC 114.[13] Kim took down Sadollah in all three rounds, dominating Sadollah with superior Judo and Wrestling. Kim won the fight by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring it 30–27 for Kim.[13]

Sadollah then faced Peter Sobotta at UFC 122. Amir would win the fight via unanimous decision.[14] Sadollah once again demonstrated his impressive Muay Thai to earn the decision win.

Sadollah was expected to face Duane Ludwig on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24.[15] However, Ludwig was injured and was briefly replaced by TUF 9 winner, James Wilks.[16] Wilks was then forced out as well and replaced by DaMarques Johnson.[17] After a back and forth first round, Sadollah was more aggressive and forced Johnson to exchange against the cage early in the second round having success with a flurry of a strikes. Sadollah would then earn a takedown and go on to gain dominant position, unleashing a steady stream of ground and pound until gaining gift wrap control, proceeding to punish Johnson with elbows from his free arm, forcing a tap due to strikes.

Sadollah lost to Duane Ludwig via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5.[18]

Sadollah was expected to face Jorge Lopez on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143.[19] However, Sadollah was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Matt Riddle.[20]

Sadollah/Lopez eventually took place on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[21] Sadollah won the bout via split decision.

Sadollah lost via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) to Dan Hardy on September 29, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 5.[22]

Sadollah was expected to face Stephen Thompson on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[23] However, Sadollah pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Nah-Shon Burrell.[24]

After being sidelined for nearly two years recovering from a litany of injuries, Sadollah was briefly linked to a bout with Nico Musoke on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53.[25] However, Sadollah was pulled from the pairing with Musoke in favor of a bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama on September 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52.[26] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–5 Yoshihiro Akiyama Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson September 20, 2014 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 6–4 Dan Hardy Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic September 29, 2012 3 5:00 Nottingham, England
Win 6–3 Jorge Lopez Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 2012 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss 5–3 Duane Ludwig Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle August 14, 2011 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 5–2 DaMarques Johnson Submission (elbows) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis March 26, 2011 2 3:27 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 4–2 Peter Sobotta Decision (unanimous) UFC 122 November 13, 2010 3 5:00 Oberhausen, Germany
Loss 3–2 Dong Hyun Kim Decision (unanimous) UFC 114 May 29, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3–1 Brad Blackburn Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz January 11, 2010 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 2–1 Phil Baroni Decision (unanimous) UFC 106 November 21, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 1–1 Johny Hendricks TKO (punches) UFC 101 August 8, 2009 1 0:29 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Welterweight Debut
Win 1–0 CB Dollaway Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest Finale June 21, 2008 1 3:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SHOW RESULTS DATE: May 29, 2010 LOCATION: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. State of Nevada
  2. ^ Amir Sadollah. Mmawiz.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-17.
  3. ^ Amir Sadollah. Mixedmartialarts.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-17.
  4. ^ Stupp, Dann (2008-01-28). "Amir Sadollah Likely Chosen for "The Ultimate Fighter 7"". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  5. ^ Amir Sadollah – Official UFC® Fighter Profile. Ufc.com (2012-05-11). Retrieved on 2012-05-17.
  6. ^ Gerbasi, Thomas (2008-11-11). "Leg Infection Forces Sadollah from UFC 91 Card". UFC.com. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  7. ^ Martin, Damon (2008-11-24). "SADOLLAH VS CATONE REBOOKED FOR FEBRUARY 7". Archived from the original on 20 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  8. ^ Martin, Damon (2008-01-23). "AMIR SADOLLAH INJURED, OFF UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEB 7". Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  9. ^ John Morgan. "Amir Sadollah set to face Johny Hendricks at UFC 101 in August". MMAjunkie. 
  10. ^ Miragliotta Defends Stoppage. Bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-17.
  11. ^ "Phil Baroni makes UFC return against welterweight Amir Sadollah at UFC 106". Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 20 recap". mmajunkie. January 12, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Steven Marrocco. "UFC 114 preliminary action: Kim "Stuns" Sadollah, Escudero routs Lauzon". The Vancouver Sun. 
  14. ^ "Amir Sadollah vs. Peter Sobotta targeted for UFC 122 in Germany". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  15. ^ "Amir Sadollah vs. Duane "Bang" Ludwig on tap for UFC Fight Night 24". mmajunkie.com. December 30, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Injured Ludwig out at UFC Fight Night 24, Wilks now faces Sadollah". MMAjunkie. 
  17. ^ "UFC Fight Night 24: Amir Sadollah vs DaMarques Johnson booked with James Wilks out". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  18. ^ "UFC on Versus 5: Duane Ludwidvs. Amir Sadollah fight set for Milwaukee on Aug. 14". mmamania.com. April 26, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah added to UFC 143 in February". mmajunkie.com. November 29, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Amir Sadollah out, Matt Riddle in against Jorge Lopez at UFC 143". mmajunkie.com. January 3, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Lopez vs. Sadollah added to UFC on FUEL TV 3". mmajunkie.com. February 11, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah Set For UFC Nottingham". yourmma.tv. June 20, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson scheduled for Memorial Day weekend UFC event". bloodyelbow.com. January 28, 2013. 
  24. ^ Staff (2013-04-03). "Amir Sadollah injured, Nah-Shon Burrell now meets Stephen Thompson at UFC 160". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  25. ^ Dave Doyle (2014-07-24). "Amir Sadollah returns from two-year absence, meets Niko Musoke in Sweden". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  26. ^ Jacob Cooper (2014-08-08). "Amir Sadollah returns vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC Fight Night 52". cagepages.com. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

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