Amir Sodallah: A true Underdog Story....I Think?

casey manciniCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2008

You know, I can’t say enough about this guy! Most people who watched the show may have missed out on Amir whether a casual or religious fan of the show, simply due to the drama filled alcohol episodes, and other personalities this season that seemed to demand the spotlight. Though we may not have seen much outside the fights, what we saw inside of the octagon was undeniable.
For some reason on TUF7, being the mild mannered, easy going goofy guy put a bulls eye on Amir Sodallah's back. That is the one mistake you should never make as a fighter, I mean it happens in all sports, but in MMA where on any given day, any guy can win you should never overlook anyone, I believe they say hindsight is 20/20, and I know some of these guys wish they could have that back now.
Seriously though, if at any point someone could tell me how he was considered the weakest link, please feel free to fill me in. If I could quote Mike Dolce
“To this day, I still don’t understand what they all saw, or didn’t see, in Amir that made him seem like an easy target. Maybe it was because he’s built more like a soccer player than a “spooky” fighter-type? Who knows?”.
Well I guess I would agree he may look like a soccer player, but he isn't kicking balls around. He is kicking ass! I personally can’t find a real weakness in his fighting, but I thought it was interesting how people kept putting him up as the under dog? He has a great versatile stand up game full of solid knees, kicks, elbows and punches, and I don’t know what his background is on the ground but he seems more than content with someone in his guard. Showing some pretty promising Jiu Jitsu. He also put on a fine display of wrestling in Round 2 with Gerald Harris.
Amir has the things you can’t teach a fighter in spades. He has an IRON CHIN, the Heart of a Lion, he never gives up, and no matter what it’s looking like in the octagon he doesn’t seem to panic. He adapts to the situation, he has the will to win. So far he has won TUF7 title over the overrated & over confident CB Dollaway, and he did it in a quicker, but similar fashion as he did the first fight; I can’t wait to see what he does next. Needless to say I'm sure a lot of people notice him now, and I don't think he will be called an underdog again any time soon.