The Ultimate Fighter 7 winner Amir Sadollah will square off against IFL veteran Brad Blackburn at UFC Fight Night 20 on January 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, according to Examiner.com.
Sadollah (2-1) won TUF 7 with a first-round submission of CB Dollaway last June in his professional MMA debut, but injuries sidelined him for over a year until he return to action in August, suffering a 29-second knockout at the hands of Johny Hendricks. Sadollah bounced back with a dominant unanimous decision win over Phil Baroni at UFC 106 earlier this month, and now has the opportunity to fight in from of his home state.
Blackburn (17-9-1) went 4-2 in 7 fights with the IFL between 2006 and 2008, earning wins over notables Chris Wilson, Jay Hieron, and Delson Heleno. Blackburn made his UFC debut with a second-round knockout of James Giboo last July before picking up decision wins over Ryo Chonan and Edgar Garcia to improve to 3-0 inside the Octagon. He signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC in August, but recovery from shoulder surgery kept him out of action until January.
UFN 20, which airs live on Spike TV from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, is headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard and also features Evan Dunham vs. Efrain Escudero and Tom Lawlor vs. Aaron Simpson.
Pictured: Amir Sadollah