Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE
Welterweights will share the Octagon on Memorial Day weekend as The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 7 winner Amir Sadollah returns to the cage against striking sensation Stephen Thompson.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) annual Memorial Day weekend event has its first match up as welterweight strikers Amir Sadollah and Stephen Thompson will clash at an unannounced UFC event scheduled for May 25, 2013.
The contest will pit Sadollah's technical mauy-thai striking style against the unorthodox kickboxing/karate style of "Wonderboy."
Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting first reported the bout. UFC officials have yet to confirm the 170-pound match up.
Sadollah (6-4) was handed a decision loss to Dan Hardy is his last Octagon appearance at UFC on FUEL TV 5 in September 2012. The 32-year-old has alternated wins and losses for his past four bouts and will be looking to finally put a win-streak together come May.
The Virginia native is one of few fighters on the UFC roster to have fought all his professional bouts under the UFC banner. His bout against Thompson will mark his 11th appearance in the organization since winning The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 7 in 2008.
Thompson (6-1) made his UFC debut in February 2012 with a "Knockout of the Night" winning performance against Dan Stittgen at UFC 143. The South Carolina was then defeated by Matt Brown at UFC 154 to suffer his first career defeat and push his UFC record to 1-1.
The 29-year-old was scheduled to face Besam Yousef at UFC 154 last November, but was forced out the bout due to a knee injury and has not seen action since.
The event, rumored to be named UFC 160, will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, but no venue is confirmed at this time. However, for the last six years the organization has held their Memorial Day weekend event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
MMAmania will have more details on the event as they become available.