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Amir Sadollah vs. Brad Blackburn set for UFC Fight Night 20

amirsadollahA welterweight showdown between The Ultimate Fighter season seven middleweight champion Amir Sadollah and the heavy handed striker known as “Bad” Brad Blackburn is expected to take place at UFC Fight Night 20 according to a recent report from

Taking place on January 11 from the Patriot Center in Faitfax, Virginia, UFC Fight Night 20 will be broadcast live on Spike TV with headlining match-ups of Gray Maynard vs. Nate Diaz along with Efrain Escudero vs. Evan Dunham.

In perhaps the greatest evening of the Xtreme Couture trained fighter’s life, June 21, 2008, Sadollah hit CB Dollaway with a flying armbar to capture the TUF 7 middleweight crown, along with a nice bonus check for “Submission of the Night” honors. Amir’s next outing; not so great, as he was caught with a flurry of punches and stopped early in a bout with Johny Hendricks that took place at UFC 101, before bouncing back with a unanimous decision victory over Phil Baroni at UFC 106.

Blackburn has found his groove since signing with the UFC fresh out of the IFL, winning all three of his bouts in the Octagon over the likes of James Giboo, Ryo Chonan and the heavy handed Edgar Garcia in a back and forth scrap that earned “Fight of the Night” honors.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Hopefully we will see Amir do more than hold Blackburn against the fence for three rounds.

  • Nick Havok says:

    This is a pretty quick turnaround for Amir considering the long, hard fight he just had with Baroni. it shows me that he has the desire and wants to fight.

    I like that.

    Something tells me this is going to be an all-out war though. Seeing as both guys are young and have something to prove.

    It’s maybe not the best fight ‘on paper’ nor the biggest names in the sport…but I have a feeling both guys are going to come in hungry, fight their hearts out and leave it all in the ring.

    Should be a good one.

  • Jak says:

    Nick Havok: This is a pretty quick turnaround for Amir considering the long, hard fight he just had with Baroni. it shows me that he has the desire and wants to fight.

    I think some fighters should take a page from Koscheck. It’s great to take lot’s of fights, but it sucks when you take too many and get dropped by guys like Paulo Thiago.

    That said, Amir had a looooong layoff before he really got to debut, so i’d imagine he doesn’t want to wait 6 months for a fight.

    I hate when guys put on a great performance and then sit half a year waiting for their next fight. 😡

  • benjammin says:

    first time post. that password thing is tricky.

  • benjammin says:

    im a big fan of amir but unfourtanately i missed his last two fights. i hope he has an impressive performance

  • Angry Mike says:

    Sadollah showed some real toughness in his fight with Baroni, especially when he had to withstand Baroni’s first round onslaught. Sadollah got away with a stand up war because Baroni was gassed after the first round. I don’t expect that to happen with Blackburn, though, and it would be a mistake for Sadollah to forget about submissions in that fight. Those are an advantage for him, and it would play to Blackburn’s strength to stand and trade. If Sadollah’s still at Xtreme Couture, I expect he’ll have a game plan that emphasizes his strengths and attacks Blackburn’s weakenesses.

  • Also remember Brad has been out after shoulder surgery. He has been going stir crazy while rehabbing. I honestly think he will come back stronger than his last ring appearance. Imagine him being able to throw both hands with ill effects. Huge difference in how he can train and work his striking. Not to mention the time he spent working core and lower body strength while the shoulder healed. I am expecting Blackburn to come with a flurry of pain! War Bad Brad Blackburn.

  • thunder okami says:

    w00t! Holla for Sadollah!

    not too surprised he’s getting back in so soon, Baroni didnt do much damage outside of the first round…as usual… Baroni could do good if he worked on his cardio instead of his biceps

  • Rich S. says:

    Tough fight for Amir.
    Brad fights far better than his record shows.

    Blackburn via Split Decision.

  • nate says:

    been on the amir bandwagon before he won the show. really want to see him fight a few more fights of 3rd and 2nd tier fighters. no i dont think they should pad his record or anything. but because his pro record is 1-1 overall thats a liability if he fights and loses to a few top guys too soon. he will get cut and i really dont want to see that. its crazy enough his only two pro mma fights were in the ufc widely regarded as the toughest promotion worlwide and has to be the hardest way of gaining pro fight experience. i would rather see him develop now in the ufc rather than him lose right away to top level fighters and have him fight elsewhere.

  • nate says:

    im silly. i forgot his tuf finale fight. :-\ **amirs 2-1 and its crazy his first 3 pro mma fights were in the ufc.

  • Makington says:

    I actually thought Edgar Garcia won his fight with Brad, but it was still a decent fight. This fight will be so much tougher than Amir’s will Phil Baroni, and although I am a huge fan of Amir, I think Brad is just a little better.

  • FightFan313 says:

    There are alot of really good comments on the page about Amir. That fight with Baroni. Boroni isn’t a push over for alot of top fighters. I was worried for Amir in the begging but Boroni gassed out. Amir weathered the storm and prevailed to show some real UFC heart.

    I am rooting for Amir all the way. He is like a mini Forrest but more serious and intent.
    Really good for the sport.

  • thunder okami says:

    its crazy his first 3 pro mma fights were in the ufc.

    crazy and impressive indeed, but i think it’s even crazier that Hammil has never fought a pro mma fight outside the ufc O_o

  • Matt Hammil has fought one pro fight out of the ufc

    Win Robert Hitte TKO (Punches) XFO 7 – Xtreme Fighting Organization 02005-08-27 August 27, 2005 1 1:52 Island Lake, Illinois, USA

    but on topic this fight is gonna be awesome. I’m a firm believer that Amir’s loss to hendricks was an early stop or as Im starting to call them a lavigne. Amir looked AWESOME against the NY badass and even took some of Phil’s best bombs and kept movin right at him. Blackburn has been nothin short of impressive….Amir by outlasting Bad Brad and gettin a TKO in round 3


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