FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned from two independent sources in the last 24 hours that USKBA middleweight champion Nick Catone is expected to face Amir Sadollah at UFC 91 on Nov. 15 in Las Vegas.
Bout agreements between Catone and Sadollah have not been signed but could be finalized by early next week.
Both Sadollah and Catone have fighting roots on the East Coast with Sadollah having made a name for himself as an amateur while a part of Team Combat at the Combat Sports Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Meanwhile, Catone has fought for two major regional promotions on the East Coast and currently trains out of UFC middleweight Ricardo Almeida’s gym in New Jersey.
Sadollah had never fought pro before being selected to compete on the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” where he successfully defeated Gerald Harris, Matt Brown, and C.B. Dollaway (twice) en route to becoming the winner of the show’s middleweight tournament.
If the bout is signed, it would mark Catone’s debut in the UFC. He is 5-0, according to Sherdog’s fight finder, with his last four victories have been early stoppages in the first round. He most recently competed for Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat on June 27, where he recorded a first round TKO over Erik Tavares.
So far only two bouts have officially been announced for UFC 91 with Randy Couture defending the UFC heavyweight title against Brock Lesnar and a lightweight encounter between Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson.
(Pictured: Nick Catone slamming John Howard)