|Height||5' 11" (180 cm)|
|Style||Sambo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai|
|Birth Date||August 27, 1980|
|Fighting Out Of||Richmond, Virginia, USA|
Amir Sadollah is an American mixed martial artist. He was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 7: Team Jackson vs. Team Forrest as a Middleweight. After having two bouts with Nick Catone cancelled due to injuries, Sadollah dropped down to Welterweight and has competed at that weight for the remainder of his career.
|Record||6 - 4 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Loss||Dan Hardy||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC on FUEL TV 5: Struve vs. Miocic||9/29/2012||3||5:00|
|Win||Jorge Lopez||Decision (Split)||UFC on FUEL TV 3: Poirier vs. Jung||5/15/2012||3||5:00|
|Loss||Duane Ludwig||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC on Versus 5: Hardy vs Lytle||8/14/2011||3||5:00|
|Win||DaMarques Johnson||Submission (Elbows)||UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis||3/26/2011||2||3:27|
|Win||Peter Sobotta||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami||11/13/2010||3||5:00|
|Loss||Dong Hyun Kim||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans||5/29/2010||3||5:00||Bout featured live on SpikeTV.|
|Win||Brad Blackburn||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz||1/11/2010||3||5:00|
|Win||Phil Baroni||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin II||11/21/2009||3||5:00|
|Loss||Johny Hendricks||TKO (Punches)||UFC 101: Declaration||8/08/2009||1||0:29||Welterweight|
|Win||C.B. Dollaway||Submission (Armbar)||The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale||6/21/2008||1||3:02||Won TUF 7 Middleweight Tournament|
Amir 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.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
The Ultimate Fighter
Amir Sadollah came onto The Ultimate Fighter 7: Team Jackson vs. Team Forrest with no professional record in MMA. Sadollah showed that he was tough enough to be on the show 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 another 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 7th, 2009 at UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Stephens. On January 23, Sadollah was, again, forced to withdraw from the fight due, this time to a broken clavicle.
He decided that he would then drop down a weight class to compete at Welterweight. He made his Welterweight debut at UFC 101: Declaration against former NCAA champion 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.
In hopes to rebound from his first career loss, Sadollah was set to face Phil Baroni, in what would be Baroni's return to the UFC after a four year absence from the promotion. The bout took place on November 21, 2009 at UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin II, and Sadollah would go on to defeat Baroni via Decision (Unanimous).
Sadollah returned to action on January 10, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 20 in Fairfax, Virginia, where he faced off against Brad Blackburn. The two began a stand-up battle, with Sadollah gaining the upper hand, catching Blackburn quite a few times, though he was never able to get a stoppage, as he continued to take the fight to the mat when his opponent was rocked. His much improved stand-up earned Sadollah his second career win as a Welterweight, by Decision (Unanimous).
He was next scheduled to return at UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans on May 29, 2010 where he faced off against Dong Hyun Kim. Kim scored takedowns with ease, easily transitioned to dominant ground positions, and kept a steady stream of ground and pound directed at Sadollah. In fact, after one such takedown, Kim successfully pinned one of Sadollah's arms across his own neck and used the opening to pound his opponent with punches and forearm strikes to close out a dominant second round. In the end, Kim took all three rounds for the 30-27 Decision (Unanimous) win.
Sadollah was expected to face Duane Ludwig on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis. Ludwig, however, was injured and was replaced by James Wilks, who was then replaced by DaMarques Johnson. 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 tying Johnson's forearm around his head and neck and proceeding to punish him with elbows from his free arm, forcing a tap to strikes.
Sadollah did then meet Ludwig at UFC on Versus 5: Hardy vs Lytle, losing by unanimous decision.
Ranks and Titles
- The Ultimate Fighter season seven winner
- Numerous amateur titles
- WKA east coast MMA at 185 and 205
- WKA National Muay Thai at 189