It must have felt like a revolving door of opponents leading into UFC Fight Night 24, but Amir Sadollah made the most of his moment, bludgeoning opponent DaMarques Johnson with elbows to get a win in Seattle.
Sadollah was originally paired up with fellow striker Duane “Bang” Ludwig for Saturday’s card, but a late injury forced him out of the fight. In stepped former “Ultimate Fighter” winner James Wilks, but almost as soon as he signed his bout agreement, he got injured and the search was on again.
DaMarques Johnson opted to take the fight on just over 2 weeks notices, and in the early going it looked like he made a good decision taking the fight. Johnson popped Sadollah with some good strikes before landing a beautiful judo throw midway through the first round.
That was however as good as the night got for Johnson because from that point on it was all Amir Sadollah.
The Las Vegas based fighter came out like a ball of fire in the 2nd round, coming after Johnson with everything in his arsenal, including the kitchen sink.
“I like to be aggressive, but I felt for sure that would be an advantage,” Sadollah said about his approach to the fight.
After taking the fight to the ground, Sadollah passed Johnson’s guard, gaining the full mount, and proceeded to trap his opponent’s arm.
With his defense at a minimum, Johnson started eating nasty elbows from Sadollah, and after a few clubbing blows, he had to tap out to stop the punishment.
Sadollah was very happy with his performance, but also gave credit to his opponent for stepping up on short notice to take the fight.
“I am ecstatic,” Sadollah said about his emotion following the win. “First of all, I want to say a huge, huge thank you to DaMarques. For those of you that don’t know, he took this fight on 2 weeks notice, which a lot of guys wouldn’t have done, and I have all the respect in the world for him.”
Now a winner of two in a row, Sadollah continues to improve and grow as he has literally had every pro fight in his career in the Octagon. His goals remain the same, and Sadollah is still focused on the future.
“I’m here not just to look good,” said Sadollah with a smile. “I want to be the best, I want to fight the best.”
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