The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 winner, Amir Sadollah, will look to rebound from a recent loss when he tangles with Jorge Lopez in a welterweight fight planned for UFC 143 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 4, 2012.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the 170-pound contest to be featured on the SuperBowl weekend "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" fight card.
Sadollah had a nice two-fight win streak rudely interrupted by mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Duane Ludwig at UFC on Versus 5 on Aug. 14, 2011, dropping a lopsided unanimous decision. Prior to the defeat, Sadollah had won four of five fights inside the Octagon, including a brutal second round finish of DaMarques Johnson.
If he intends to get back in the win column, he'll have to go through Wanderlei Silva's 23-year-old protege.
Lopez, a Wand Fight Team member, struggled in his promotional debut, losing a unanimous decision to Justin Edwards at UFC Fight Night 15 back in Sept. 2011. "Lil Monster" has finished nearly half the opponents (five) who he has faced thus far in his young professional career via (technical) knockout and has never been stopped early.
UFC 143 will feature welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre putting his title on the line against Stockton bad boy and former Strikeforce king Nick Diaz. In the co-main event, Carlos Condit will attempt to earn a date with the winner in a bid against Josh Koscheck.