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Amir Sadollah announces possible return at UFC 91

Colonial Heights, Virginia — Season seven winner of “The Ultimate FighterAmir Sadollah returned to his former home state of Virginia during Combat Sports Challenge 26 last night to corner several fighters from his old Richmond-based Team Combat fight team that is housed out of the Combat Sports Center.

After intermission, Sadollah was introduced to the crowd, where he received a strong hometown reception as well as some playful taunts. While addressing the audience on the microphone, Sadollah revealed that he expects his next fight for the UFC to take place at UFC 91 on Nov. 15 in Portland, Oregon.

Sadollah said he did not yet know his opponent but that he expected to receive notification from the UFC shortly.

He was in town to corner several of his former Team Combat teammates such as kickboxing standout Francois Ambag and featherweight Dwayne “Diesel” Shelton, who earned a unanimous decision victory over Sedico Honorio during the night’s main event.

Before entering TUF, Sadollah compiled a 4-0 amateur record training out of Team Combat and was also one of 52 fighters to qualify for the now-defunct IFL’s 2007 draft during a tryout in Chicago.

Sadollah instead made the cut for TUF and despite having no pro fights to his credit, he successfully defeated Gerald Harris, Matt Brown, and C.B. Dalloway en route to becoming the winner of season seven.

  • KneeToTheFace says:

    Demian Maia vs Amir Sadollah

  • Nick says:

    There’s no way they will put him in with Maia, they will want to build him up from here.

    Anyone know if he plans to continue at 185? Looking at him I’d say 170 would be far better for him I am sure he could make it without too much trouble.

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    If it’s Dollaway again, I’ll be very unhappy. j/k.
    I know that some rap middleweight as weak, but I think it’s because no one can get near Mr. Anderson Silva.
    Middleweight is a very tough division to bring a fighter up in. There’s not a lot of equal ‘peer level experience’ for a guy like Amir, partially due to his relative inexperience, and also the high level of experience in the known entities.
    This would be a great opportunity to introduce some IFL acquired fighters.

  • KneeToTheFace says:

    I don’t think Amir could hang in the welterweight division, too many beastly wrestlers.

  • Ken says:

    chris wilson

  • Ken says:

    if 170 oops

  • Nick says:

    It’s going to be very tough to match him. Not really sure how good he really is, he did well to win the show but the cast was by far the weakest of any of the TUFs IMO.

  • KTru says:

    Is interviews he has said he will eventually move down to WW. As for now though he will be at 185.

    It will be interesting who they pit him up against at UFC91. Possibly another 185 winner…….Grove???……or maybe someone less like Sakara???

  • Nick says:

    I think Grove would be too much for him right now. Tanner?

  • KneeToTheFace says:

    Evan Tanner is going to die in the desert, remember?

    They could definitely build him up more, but for what? Sadollah is good but he isn’t THAT good. They should just have him lose to Maia, and then the winner of that go against Palhares/Henderson winner.

    If he loses at any point along those lines, they could just reset his career and have him build up his rep against people less experienced and more on his own level.

  • William W. says:

    I don’t think Amir’s “get my ass whooped for 10 minutes and then pull a submission out of nowhere” (withholding the TUF finale) is going to get him very far in the UFC.

  • fightfan says:

    Sam Caplan…..Sorry off topic

    But, are you guys going to add the 135lb(bantamweight) section to your “rankings” page? I dont understand why many sites cover all the way down to featherweight, and thats it. I know there are not a lot of 135ers out there, but it is worthy of a section. Even if you put Miguel Torres in numbers 1- 10….He is definitely 1 of the baddest dudes out there. I dont see anyone beating him anytime soon, even if he moves up a weight class. And that includes one of my favorites, Urijah Faber. I dont see him being able to beat Torres. That is a match up we get to see as fans sometime down the line

  • fightfan says:

    I have been waiting too see him again. He definitely got my support. I think he will become a really good fighter one day. The UFC just had to CB out there AGAIN, and before Amir. I think throughout the whole show till now….they have marketed CB more, even though Amir beat him twice.

    And I have ABSOLUTELY NO interest in watching CB fight Amir AGAIN. That would be a total d*ck move by the UFC if they match them up AGAIN. Come on UFC, Amir shocked the world, with no professional experience…..START marketing this kid and get his name out there already!!!!

  • stevefiji says:

    People who sell this kid short are sorely mistaken. He beat everyone as an underdog and has tremendous heart and a helluva chin… He’s a striker who submits people… He’s a sponge who absorbs huge amounts in short periods… He has awesome endurance for such an inexperienced fighter… He has first class instruction now… He has a UFC HEAVILY vested interest in him to see him succeed and they WILL give him someone who should challenge him but that he should beat… He’s also had 5 more months of sparring, training, learning and lifting, so u can be damn sure he’s gonna look a helluva lot more impressive. He’s a Top 10 MW or WW in a year and a half or so and once you get to that point, its way more mentalthan physical…and would you best against him then? I wouldn’t.

  • cheapshot says:

    William W- that technique doesnt seem to do Big Nog much harm now does it? And also, that’s the point with young, inexperienced fighters- we don’t know how good they will become. A couple of years ago most people saw Forrest Griffin as a mid-level slugger …

    KneeToTheFace, are you crazy? What would the UFC have to gain from hurling a young, inexperienced fighter with huge potential and a big fanbase in with a contender like Maia only to get submitted? I’m not sure you understand the business very well.

  • Stickney says:

    I hope that its Kendall Grove could be a war

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