By MMAWeekly.com Staff
A welterweight contest between Phil Baroni and Amir Sadollah is likely to take place at UFC 106 on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas, MMAWeekly.com has learned from sources close to the fight. Though bout agreements have yet to be signed, but both parties have agreed to the fight and are expected to put pen to paper soon.
Sadollah (1-1) appeared at UFC 101, where he lost to Johnny Hendricks by TKO in a stoppage many considered to be premature. The 29-year-old winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 began his Octagon career with promise, defeating Steve Byrnes, Gerald Harris, Matt Brown, and C.B. Dollaway twice to earn the show’s title. Plagued with injuries, Sadollah was forced to sit on the sidelines for a year until his return last month.
Baroni (13-11) recently re-signed with the promotion after a four-plus year absence fighting for Pride, EliteXC, and Strikeforce. The colorful New Yorker called the Octagon home for much of his early career, fighting as a middleweight, but was cut after a string of losses to former champions Evan Tanner and Matt Lindland, and Pete Sell. After another string of losses from mid-2007 to 2008, Baroni cut to welterweight and racked up three quick wins. His last appearance, against Joe Riggs at Strikeforce: Shields vs. Lawler, was his first loss at 170 pounds.
Brock Lesnar is expected to defend his UFC heavyweight title against Shane Carwin in the main event of UFC 106 in Las Vegas.