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Steve Cofield

Sadollah takes the next step

Steve Cofield
Cagewriter

Amir Sadollah looks like he's been run over by a truck. His nose looks busted. His eyes are blackened and his hair disheveled. Don't worry, he's safe. He's just sporting the Xtreme Couture look.

The most recent champ to come off of UFC's reality show The Ultimate Fighter, has thrown himself right into the fray with the goal of becoming the next great fighter to come off the show. He makes his UFC pay-per-view debut at UFC 91 against Nick Catone this weekend in Las Vegas. Pretty impressive stuff for a guy in just his second professional fight.

The least experienced champs to come out of the show prior to this were Nate Diaz and Rashad Evans, each with seven professional fights. But Sadollah did log a lot of time in the amateur ranks while balancing a career as a medical technician.

The biggest issue for Sadollah may not be experience but the lack of size to fight at middleweight. Most 185-pounders are over 6-feet tall and weigh in excess of 200 pounds. The 5-foot-11 Sadollah isn't ready for a drop down to welterweight:

"With so many things going on and changing my life after the show I just wanted one element that was still familiar. I just felt that going to new weight class in addition to everything else might be little more of an adjustment than might be good for me at the time. I can definitely see going to 170 at some point after this fight."

Sadollah said there is pressure to win this first fight out of the gates but he's using it as a motivating factor. His opponent Catone is making his UFC debut but that doesn't freak out Sadollah since he was often presented with very little info on his opponents during his amateur days.

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