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Amir Sadollah Dropping to Welterweight After Disappointing 0-0 Stretch in the UFC

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(Sad Amir is sad. Fan art courtesy of myspace.com/ammmir.

In a new interview with MMA Junkie, TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah stated that a move down to 170 pounds is "definitely…in my future," as soon as he recovers from his latest injury. After winning the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter last June by submitting CB Dollaway via armbar in the finale — which also happened to be Sadollah’s professional MMA debut — he had to pull out of UFC 91 in November due to a leg injury. Sadollah became officially cursed when he had to drop out of last Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 17 show because of a shoulder injury. As he explains:

"It was about two or three weeks before the fight, and I had just been training. It was just kind of a random, weird thing. I just got dropped right exactly on my shoulder in a weird spot. It dislocated my clavicle and gave me a couple other internal shoulder injuries. I actually just got out of surgery on it yesterday…They looked around with the scope and kind of checked out what injuries were there and what they needed to repair and what I could get away with just with rehab. It looks like I’ll be able to just rehab it and get back in there."

Unfortunately, he doesn’t know exactly when that will be:

"I still have my follow-up with my doc. I talked to him after surgery, but I was pretty groggy…I don’t want to start making promises. Every time I make a fight it gets canceled. I’m not going to tell anyone until the day of the fight and just say, ‘Alright, I’m fighting.’"

It’s unclear whether Sadollah will take a fight at middleweight before making his planned drop to welterweight. For now, he’s just focused on getting healthy. Poor guy…even Jesse "Mongo" Taylor seems to be doing better than this kid.

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BJ vs. GSP for Welterweight Strap + More UFC News

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(Penn and St. Pierre during their first fight at UFC 58 in 2006, which GSP won by split decision. Photo courtesy of Brawl Sports.)

Though Dana White has previously stated that the UFC 94 superfight between BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre would be a non-title bout, Dave Meltzer is reporting that the UFC has changed their mind, and GSP’s welterweight title will be on the line. This would give Penn the opportunity to be the first UFC fighter to hold championships in two different weight divisions at the same time. Of course, he’ll have to win a five-round fight against St. Pierre to do so, which ain’t gonna be easy. UFC 94 is slated to go down in Las Vegas on January 31st, and will also feature the much-anticipated light-heavyweight scrap between Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva. In other UFC news…

— If Anderson Silva makes it out of Saturday’s fight against Patrick Cote unscathed, he could possibly fight again at UFC 92 on December 27th, a card that’s already stacked with heavyweight and light-heavyweight title fights, as well as the match between Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva. Josh Koscheck may have a quick turnaround as well.

Brock Lesnar will be profiled in a segment on ESPN’s E:60 tonight at 7 p.m. ET., in which he discusses, among other things, his disappointment in not making it in the NFL and his minor addiction to booze and pills.

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Jess Liaudin/Paul Taylor Added to UFC 85


(Jess Liaudin and his sweet trophy.)

Frenchie Jess “The Joker” Liaudin has said he’ll next battle Englishman Paul Taylor at UFC 85 in a welterweight match. From Liaudin’s myspace blog:

“On the 7th of June i will be doing my 4th fight in the UFC and will be fighting against Paul Taylor at UFC 85. I fought Paul about 6 years ago and lost a controversial decision (the fight is available on youtube) so it s a rematch. Paul is a well rounded fighter with good cardio, strength and a big heart. This fight is very important for me as my actual record in the UFC is 2-1 so another loss may mean that i can get booted out.”

Yes, Taylor has actually beaten the Joker once already at Cage Rage 2, but it was five years ago instead of six. This will also be Taylor’s fourth UFC fight, although he’s 1-2 in those bouts, last going down to Paul Kelly at UFC 80 via decision. Liaudin also lost at the January event – getting KO’d by Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis, who had just beaten Paul Taylor at UFC 75. Just try and keep up ’cause we’re not going to explain all this again.

Liaudin’s overall record stands at 12-9 and Taylor’s is 8-3-1. UFC 85 is scheduled for June 7th in London. Aside from the crappy headlining fight between Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans, here’s a look at the “unofficial” officially rumored card as it currently stands:

– Brandon Vera vs. Fabricio Werdum
– Mike Swick vs. Marcus Davis
– Martin Kampmann vs. Jorge Rivera
– Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
– Roan Carneiro vs. Ryo Chonan
– Thiago Tavares vs. Matt Wiman
– Jess Liaudin vs. Paul Taylor

(Props to MMAMania)

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GSP Wants to Dominate Other Divisions

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He wouldn’t be the first one to be a champion in more than one division. But three? That would put Georges St. Pierre, the UFC’s interim welterweight champ, into a completely different sphere. And he wants to do so after completely dominating the welterweight division, according to an article over at Sherdog. GSP has been around the sport since 2002 and has been more than impressive against the dudes he’s beaten.

The piece references GSP’s win over Pete Spratt in 2003 as the beginning of the welterweight’s climb. This got him into the UFC, where – after two wins – he lost his first fight, a submission to Matt Hughes. We’ve since heard Georges explain – several times – that he had already lost in his mind before the fight even started. Maybe he should have listened to his opponent’s advice. Regardless, St. Pierre won their second (and third) meeting, only to immediately lose the belt to Matt Serra – who he will meet again in April.

GSP is in the Centennial State right now working with Nathan Marquardt to help the fighter train for his fight with Jeremy Horn at UFC 81. After kicking the shit out of Matt Hughes, St. Pierre remains a little too humble:

“Hughes is an amazing fighter,” he said. “I just had a good night that night, and he had a bad night.”

“If we fight again, I don’t think he’s going to beat me, but he will probably come closer. Maybe he had a bad day — it’s a matter of circumstances as well.”

Oh please. Just admit you kicked his ass and would do it again and again.

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