Amir Sadollah (Persian: امیر ﺳﻌدالله) (born August 27, 1980 in Brooklyn, New York) is an Iranian-American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was the winner of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7.
Sadollah was born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Richmond, Virginia in an Iranian and Irish family. Following his graduation from J.R. 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.
Sadollah's amateur record of 4–0 included a decision win, a knockout and two submissions. Sadollah was one of the 52 successful candidates out of 250 applicants at the October 2007, International Fight League draft in Chicago. 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 Xtreme Couture together with friend and coach Forrest Griffin.
The Ultimate FighterEdit
Sadollah came on to the show with no professional record in MMA. Sadollah earned a spot "in the house" after defeating Steve Byrnes by armlock. Amir got his spot in the house because of the win and became the second pick for Team Forrest. In the seventh episode, Amir went up against skilled wrestler Gerald Harris and won the fight by TKO in the second round. Amir went on to fight "The Immortal" Matt Brown in the quarterfinals. He defeated Brown by Triangle Choke in Round 2. Amir then moved onto the semi-finals where he was to face C.B. Dollaway. In the third round, Sadollah put Dollaway in an armbar and Dollaway immediately tapped. This meant that Amir would fight in the finale for a shot at becoming the next Ultimate Fighter. Sadollah's original opponent for the finale was Jesse Taylor. However, Taylor was removed from the finale due to improper behavior in the days after the show finished taping. C.B. Dollaway defeated Tim Credeur in a match to decide who would replace Taylor in the finale and fight Amir.
On the season finale of TUF 7, Amir earned a victory over C.B. Dollaway with an armbar in the first round, securing his title of The Ultimate Fighter and providing 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. 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. On January 23, Sadollah was, again, forced to withdraw from the fight, this time due to a broken clavicle.
Sadollah made his post-Ultimate Fighter Debut at UFC 101 on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia (at the Wachovia Center) against Johny Hendricks. The fight ended in a controversial stoppage where many believe it was stopped too early. Sadollah was stopped at 29 seconds of the first round after receiving a flurry of punches that ultimately knocked him down. He was finished with several punches to the back of the head. A large reason for the controversy is that, in slow motion, Sadollah can be seen setting his hand down and beginning to get up as the referee stops the match.
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 solid ground game.
|Professional record breakdown|
|6||3 wins||1 loss|
|Dong Hyun Kim||UFC 114||May 29, 2010||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|3-1||Win||Brad Blackburn||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz||January 11, 2010||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, US|
|2-1||Win||Phil Baroni||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2||November 21, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|1-1||Loss||Johny Hendricks||TKO (Punches)||UFC 101: Declaration||August 8, 2009||1||0:29||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US||Welterweight Debut|
|1-0||Win||C.B. Dollaway||Submission (Armbar)||Template:Sort||June 21, 2008||1||3:02||Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Won The Ultimate Fighter 7|
- ↑ MMA WIZ Database
- ↑ Full Contact Fighter Database
- ↑ Stupp, Dann (2008-01-28). Amir Sadollah Likely Chosen for "The Ultimate Fighter 7". Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved on 2008-06-24.
- ↑ http://www.ufc.com/AmirSadollah
- ↑ Gerbasi, Thomas (2008-11-11). Leg Infection Forces Sadollah from UFC 91 Card. UFC.com. Retrieved on 2008-11-11.
- ↑ Martin, Damon (2008-11-24). SADOLLAH VS CATONE REBOOKED FOR FEBRUARY 7. Archived from the original on 2008-12-20. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ Martin, Damon (2008-01-23). AMIR SADOLLAH INJURED, OFF UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEB 7. Archived from the original on 2009-01-26. Retrieved on 2008-01-23.
- ↑ http://archive.is/20120710185821/mmajunkie.com/news/14487/amir-sadollah-set-to-face-johny-hendricks-at-ufc-101-in-august.mma
- ↑ Phil Baroni makes UFC return against welterweight Amir Sadollah at UFC 106. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved on 2009-09-02.
- ↑ UFC Fight Night 20 recap. mmajunkie (January 12, 2010). Archived from the original on July 15, 2012.