Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah
Round 1: The crowd chants, “Hardy, Hardy…” as the fighters get instructions from the referee in the center of the Octagon. Sadollah takes the center of the cage. He moves in with a right hand that’s blocked. He lands an outside leg kick. Hardy looking to counter in the early going. Sadollah landing leg kicks. Hardy lands a left hand but Sadollah lands a right. Hardy lands a left hook. Sadollah throwing at a much higher volume than Hardy. Sadollah lands a right over the top followed by an inside leg kick. Hardy looking to time Sadallah moving in and land his left hand. He does just that. Sadollah clinches and pushes Hardy to the cage. Sadollah lands a knee to the body. Hardy spins him and presses Sadollah against the fence. A minute remains in the round. Sadollah lands an uppercut on the break. They exchange combinations and clinch. Hardy pressing Sadollah against the cage. Hardy works for a takedown and gets it at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Sadollah.
Round 2: Sadollah goes back to working the legs of Hardy with kicks. Hardy lands a left hook. Hardy picks up the pace and lands a combination. Sadollah moves forward. Hardy lands a hard shot to the body. Hardy starts to land kicks to Sadollah’s legs. Hardy delivers a right hand. Hardy moves Sadollah back and drops down for a takedown and slams Sadollah to the canvas. Sadollah works his way back to his feet and they battle for position in the clinch. They turn each other. Sadollah lands a right hand and they separate. Two minutes are left in the round. They exchange leg kicks. Hardy has his hands down. Sadollah moves in and Hardy changes levels and secures a takedown. He lands elbows from the top. Hardy moves to side control and lands elbows. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hardy.
Round 3: Sadollah working kicks to the body to start the third. Hardy answers with a leg kick and drops for a takedown. Sadollah defends it and they work along the cage. Hardy lands a knee to the body. Sadollah works for a takedown. He has double underhooks. Sadollah moves away. Sadollah is bleeding under his right eye from an elbow. Hardy presses him against the cage before separating. Sadollah slips on a high kick. As he gets up, Hardy takes him down. Two minutes remain in the round. Hardy lands short shots. Hardy landing punches and big elbows. Sadollah gets up in the closing seconds. Hardy lands a hard combination. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hardy.
The judges score the fight for Hardy by unanimous decision. The scorecards read: 29-28, 29-28. and 30-27.