Few fighters have taken a path comparable to Ultimate Fighter 7 winner Amir Sadollah. The affable welterweight entered the show without an official fight under his belt, coming out with the show’s title and a contract to compete inside the Octagon despite the season’s finale marking his professional debut. While Sadollah has had to learn on the job, racking up a 5-3 record over the past four years, he’s perfectly content with how his career has turned out and is excited about the continued progression he’s seen inside the gym.
“I wouldn’t change anything,” said the 31-year old Sadollah in an interview with the UFC’s website. “I’m glad that I got to jump in the big leagues, and I’m proud of all my wins and losses in the UFC. It’s the big stage and you gotta be confident to be there, and I think that was best for me. My personality’s the same way. I want the challenge, and I want the high risk/reward. Of course it’s much harder to fight in the UFC than on the local circuit, but at the same time, if you can do it, you’ve got something to be proud of.”
Sadollah’s next test will come on Tuesday night when he faces Jorge Lopez at UFC on Fuel 3. Lopez is 11-2 and has had his hand raised in ten of his last eleven outings. Their fight has been in the making for six months after an originally scheduled meeting between the two was cancelled for health-related reasons. During that span Sadollah has kept busy in the gym and continued to blossom as a result.
“It was unfortunate that I was injured, but the upside of all that is that training for the period that I was able to and then going into this camp, I noticed all these, not shortcuts, but things I was doing efficiently and doing well in my camp, and things that historically I had stressed about, I wasn’t stressing about anymore,” Sadollah explained. “It showed me that maybe I’m starting to get the hang of this.”
“I’m starting to feel like these lessons are accumulating and I’m starting to learn the tricks. I’m far from being a master, but I think I’m definitely past being green,” he concluded.
Fans can catch Sadollah’s attempt to put practice into action when the UFC on Fuel 3 broadcast fires up at 8:00 PM EST. In addition to Sadollah-Lopez the card features Jeremy Stephens vs. Donald Cerrone and Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung.
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