Amir Sadollah is a former professional mixed martial artist who fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 7. Sadollah was born in Brooklyn, New York but his family moved to Richmond, Virginia when he was very young. After college, he worked as a surgical technologist and began contemplating becoming an MMA fighter.
While being a surgeon at VCU Health systems, he trained in mixed martial arts because he thought being a surgeon and a fighter had similarities. He was trained at the Combat Sports Center under Brian Crenshaw and Fred Corritone. While he was in training, he was undefeated in MMA and Muay Thai, until the Combat Sports Promotion decided to put him in a reality show called The Ultimate Fighter Reality.
Journey to The Ultimate Fighter
When he joined the reality show, he had no professional record but he was determined to win the competition. The first match he had was against Steve Byrnes whom he defeated by armbar submission. Sadollah became the second pick for Team Forrest and he fought against Team Rampage’s Gerald Harris, defeating him via technical knockout.
During the semi-finals, he fought against CB Dolloway, and he locked him up an armbar during the last minute of the last round. At the end of the reality show, he was set to face his fellow Team Forrest member Jesse Taylor for the finals, but he was kicked out of the tournament, so he was replaced by Tim Credeur.
Professional MMA Career
Right after the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter Reality, he was scheduled to fight CB Dolloway, and he defeated him by armbar submission in the first round. This also earned him a 6-digit dollar contract from UFC. His second fight was against Nick Catone, but he has to withdraw due to a leg infection. Because no one was able to replace him, the fight was rescheduled to February 2009. However, he has to withdraw again because of his broken clavicle.
Mixed Martial Arts Record
- Wins: 6
- Losses: 5
- Ultimate Fighter 7 Winner
- World Kickboxing Association AmateurUS Muay Thai Championship