Amir Sadollah’s first bout since winning the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter last June won’t be an easy one. Sources have confirmed that Sadollah’s welterweight debut will take place at on Aug. 8 at UFC 101 vs. former NCAA champion Johny Hendricks.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com was the first site to confirm with sources close to Hendricks that he has signed and submitted his bout agreement. A source close to Sadollah has indicated that he has verbally agreed to the bout and that a signed and submitted bout agreement is considered a formality.
Sadollah, 1-0, had never fought pro before being selected to compete on the seventh season of TUF. En route to winning the show’s middleweight championship, Sadollah successfully defeated Gerald Harris, Matt Brown, and C.B. Dollaway (twice).
The New York native had been scheduled to fight Nick Catone at UFC 91 in November and UFC Fight Night 17 in February but was forced to withdraw both times due to injury.
No one can accuse the UFC of coddling Sadollah in his return, as Hendricks was an All-American wrestler while at Oklahoma State University and is 5-0 since making his pro MMA debut in September of 2007.
Recently transferred from the WEC’s welterweight division, Hendricks went 2-0 under the WEC banner with wins over Justin Haskins at WEC 37 last December and Alex Serdyukov at WEC 39 in March. Soon after Hendricks’ decision victory over Serdyukov, WEC officials designated the bout as the event’s “Fight of the Night.”
The 25-year old Hendricks joins fellow OSU alum Jake Rosholt as the second member of Ehrhardt’s Team Takedown to make it to the UFC.
UFC 101 will take place at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA at the Wachovia Center. In addtion to Sadollah vs. Hendricks, the event will be headlined by UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn defending his title vs. Kenny Florian. A light heavyweight bout between Forrest Griffin and Thiago Silva is slated for the show as well.