Two of the UFC’s welterweight veterans will be going to war tomorrow when Amir Sadollah takes on Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy. While Hardy is known for his heart in the title fight against St-Pierre, and Amir known for winning The Ultimate Fighter, both of them are at the same point in their career. Time to either fall into MMA oblivion or move on to a resurgence in the UFC. The problem is only one of them can make that jump, and with two proficient strikers like these two, expect a war.
Dan once was a hot shot Brit coming into the UFC, holding a four fight win streak, which led him to a title shot against long time welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. The problem was that loss set off a four fight losing streak that almost cost him his job if it wasn’t for his exciting showings in defeat. After taking off a year, ‘The Outlaw’ returned and finished fellow striker, Duane Ludwig. Now he looks for his second victory in order to ascent back up the welterweight ladder. Amir stands in his way.
The oddest fact about Sadollah is while he is great at striking, his ground game is even greater. He won the Ultimate Fighter based on that ground game, but we have not seen it since. That unseen ground game could potentially be used to expose Hardy on the ground. The question is will he use it? If history shows us anything, he will likely not. Like many other fighters (including Hardy), Sadollah seems to have fallen in love with the stand-up portion of MMA. When fans fuel the fighters brutal exchanges, you can’t blame them for wanting to give them what they want.
The Bottom Line:
Dan may have excellent striking, but Amir is not known for dropping to punches. The problem is even if Amir does not use his ground game, he should be able to win this fight. Amir wins a decision after a three round war.