UFC 101: The Return Of Amir Sadollah

Tony PrestonCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2009

Amir Sadollah entered the seventh season of "The Ultimate Fighter" with no professional fights. He won his way onto the show with a submission victory over UFC vet Steve Byrnes. 

Many people quickly believed Amir was chosen to be on the show due to his personality. With a TKO victory over Gerald Harris and a submission wins over Matt Brown and CB Dollaway, Sadollah became the instant favorite to win the show. Sadollah earned a spot in the finals against Jesse Taylor. Due to a drunken incident Taylor was removed from the finale and replaced by CB Dollaway.

In a rematch of his semi final bout, Sadollah once again won via armbar. Sadollah's next match was scheduled to be against Nick Cantone, but Sadollah had to pull out due to a leg infection. The fight was rescheduled but he had to withdraw yet again, this time due to a broken collarbone.

Sadollah is now scheduled to fight Johny Hendricks at UFC 101 and has moved down in weight from the middleweight to welterweight division. There are a few concerns for Sadollah in this fight. 

Due to Injuries, ring rust, and stamina could cause problems for Sadollah since he has not been able to fight for over a year. The other concern is Hendricks wrestling skills. 

Sadollah had problems stopping Dollaway's takedown, and Hendricks is a much more decorated wrestler than Dollaway. Dollaway was an All-American wrestler at Arizona State and won a JUCO championship, but Hendricks won two national championships at Oklahoma State.

Sadollah has shown good submission skills off his back in his two victories against Dollaway by armbar and during his triangle choke win over Matt Brown.

Sadollah is a welterweight prospect who has showed promise, but now due to injuries there are several questions surrounding his future. Some of those questions should be answered on August 8th at UFC 101.

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