It has been quite the journey for Amir Sadollah.
From competing on The Ultimate Fighter, to having trouble staying healthy, Sadollah has enjoyed a series of highs and lows over the past few years.
This Sunday, at UFC on Versus 5, Sadollah (5-2) will be seeking his third straight win when he matches up against Duane Ludwig inside the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Recently, Sadollah, the TUF 7 season winner, conducted an interview with MMAWeekly.com where he discussed the Ludwig fight, the welterweight division as a whole and his MMA career path.
Since falling to Dong Hyun Kim by decision at UFC 114, Sadollah has rebounded to defeat Peter Sobotta and DaMarques Johnson. The upcoming Ludwig bout should give him a chance to show off his ever-improving standup game, as “Bang” likes to stay true to his nickname.
“I am excited about this fight,” Sadollah said. “Duane has great standup and I want to have great standup. I think this fight will be a showcase for that.
“He is a seasoned guy, but I just want to force holes (to come out in his game). I plan on putting pressure on him, and if I see an opening, taking advantage of it. I don’t really go into fights with a pre-determined sense of what he is going to do, instead, I like to make openings.”
Sadollah has continued to work with Xtreme Couture, getting top-notch training from some of the elite fighters and trainers in the world.
“I am really happy with my camp,” Sadollah said. “All of the guys at Extreme Couture have been great and I feel like I am learning more and more. There are so many trick and tips to pick up, but I feel like it is coming together.”
The key bout in the welterweight division is a contest pitting UFC champion Georges St-Pierre against former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz. Diaz forfeited his title to step up to the UFC to meet GSP.
“I think (the welterweight division) is the deepest in the sport,” Sadollah said, of his fellow fighters. “The guys are athletic, quick, powerful. It’s even hard to put together a top-10. But that’s what I like and I am glad that is the situation.”
On the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter, Sadollah defeated C.B. Dollaway by submission to claim the title and contract. He had to wait almost a year after that, though, to fight again due to injuries.
“I have been so lucky to have the chances I’ve had,” Sadollah said. “I have been trying to make the most of it.”
UFC on Versus 5 takes place this Sunday, August 14 from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Don’t forget to check back on Sunday for FightLine.com’s live coverage of the event.