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Amir Sadollah

Born August 27, 1980 (1980-08-27) (age 29)
Brooklyn, New York
Residence Richmond, Virginia
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division 170 (2009–present)
185 (2008)
Reach 75 in
Style Sambo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Richmond, Virginia
Team Xtreme Couture
Rank      black belt in Sambo
     purple belt in BJJ
Years active 2008–present MMA
MMA record
Total 4
Wins 3
By knockout 0
By submission 1
By decision 2
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Draws 0
Amateur career
Total 3
Wins 3
By knockout 1
By submission 2
Losses 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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.[1][2] Sadollah was one of the 52 successful candidates out of 250 applicants at the October 2007, International Fight League draft in Chicago.[3] 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.

He holds a black belt in Sambo and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[4]

The Ultimate Fighter

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.

UFC career

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.[5] 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.[6] On January 23, Sadollah was, again, forced to withdraw from the fight, this time due to a broken clavicle.[7]

Sadollah made his post-Ultimate Fighter Debut at UFC 101 on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia (at the Wachovia Center) against Johny Hendricks.[8] 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 newly re-signed welterweight Phil Baroni at UFC 106. During the fight Sadollah showed a superior Muay Thai clinch and precision kicks .[9]

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.[10]

Sadollah is now rumored to be facing Korean judoka, Dong Hyun Kim, at UFC 114.

MMA record

Record Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
South Korea Dong Hyun Kim UFC 114 02010-05-29 May 29, 2010 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
3-1 Win United States Brad Blackburn Decision (Unanimous) UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz 02010-01-11 January 11, 2010 3 5:00 United States Fairfax, Virginia, US
2-1 Win United States Phil Baroni Decision (Unanimous) UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 02009-11-21 November 21, 2009 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
1-1 Loss United States Johny Hendricks TKO (Punches) UFC 101: Declaration 02009-08-08 August 8, 2009 1 0:29 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US Welterweight Debut
1-0 Win United States C.B. Dollaway Submission (Armbar) The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale 02008-06-21 June 21, 2008 1 3:02 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US Won The Ultimate Fighter 7


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