by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Amir Sadollah burst on the mixed martial arts scene as the unlikely winner of The Ultimate Fighter’s seventh season, heading into the show without a single professional fight.
After defeating C.B. Dollaway for a second time at “The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale” to win the reality show tournament, Sadollah was forced to pull out of his next two scheduled fights and was defeated by Johny Hendricks in his official UFC pay-per-view debut at UFC 101 in just 29 seconds.
The 29-year old athlete takes on Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 114, headlining the Spike TV broadcast of preliminary fights riding a two-fight win streak with decision victories over Phil Baroni and Brad Blackburn.
“It’s a good opportunity,” said Sadollah about his bout being shown live on Spike TV leading into the UFC 114 pay-per-view. “But I have to do well now, though,” he joked.
“I’m excited for this fight. He’s a tough guy. He’s definitely one of the upper echelon guys, and I think that’s a good sign,” Sadollah told MMAWeekly.com. “I mean if they give me tough guys than I guess they have some faith in me, so I’m kind of looking forward to seeing if I can prove them right.”
Sadollah has proved he has good takedown ability and a solid submission game, but he specifically sought out Judo practitioners to prepare in this training camp.
“I have fought guys that have Judo backgrounds, but he’s probably the best Judo player I’ve fought to date,” admitted Sadollah.
Sadollah has a rare opportunity to hand a fighter their second, first loss. Kim was defeated by Karo Parisyan at UFC 94, but the bout was later ruled a No Contest after Parisyan tested positive to painkillers in his post-fight drug screening.