Baroni vs. Sadollah

One of the featured bouts of UFC 106 is a welterweight fight between Phil Baroni and Amir Sadollah.

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Sadollah enters the fight as a slight favorite with a betting line of -175 with Baroni given a money line of +145 according to online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com. Here is a closer look at both fighters heading into this featured bout, which will take place from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday at 10PM ET on Pay-Per View.
Amir Sadollah (1-1):
Strengths
: Sadollah is a great submission fighter that can also take a fair amount of punishment. We saw during his successful run to winning the Ultimate Fighter Season 7 that Sadollah is a fighter that likes to fight from behind and snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat. Sadollah has improved his striking to go with his submission fighting to become a solid all-around fighter.
Weaknesses: When being a fighter that likes to mix it up, you can be suspect to knockouts, which is what happened in his last fight against Johny Hendricks. Hendricks caught Sadollah, and while the stoppage was controversial, Sadollah still left himself open in the exchange. In this fight, Sadollah will be facing a very powerful striker and can’t let himself get caught in a boxing match.
Last Five Fights:
First round TKO loss to Johny Hendricks at UFC 101 on Aug. 8, 2009

First round submission win at Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21, 2008

*Sadollah has just two fights in his career.
 
Phil Baroni (13-11):
Strengths: Baroni is known for one thing and that is the power of his punches. Baroni is a former boxer with a college wrestling background, but Baroni doesn’t like taking the fight to the ground. Baroni can knock any fighter out with one punch, which always makes him a threat inside the octagon.
Weaknesses: Baroni may have the punching power, but he is notorious for being terrible on the ground and also with his cardio. Baroni is a physical specimen, but he throws all his power into his punches, which tires him out shortly after the first round. Poor cardio has caused him to lose to Joe Riggs, Joey Villasenor, and Frank Shamrock to name a few. Barnoi usually tires and then his opponents easily take him down and finish the fight.
Last Five Fights:
Unanimous decision loss to Joe Riggs at Strikeforce on June 6, 2009

Unanimous decision win over Olaf Alfonso at PFC 10 on Sept. 26, 2008

First round TKO win over Ron Verdadero at Icon Sport on Aug. 2, 2008

First round KO win over Scott Jansen at CR 27 on July 12, 2008

First round TKO loss to Joey Villasenor at EliteXC-Primetime on May 31, 2008
 
Who will win: Baroni can put a quick end to this fight if he lands a punch on Sadollah, who will have to exchange early to get Baroni to tire, so he can get the fight to the ground. Sadollah is eager to bounce back after his quick loss in his UFC Pay Per-View debut, so look for him to have a smart game plan for the fight and find ways for Baroni to run out of gas. Look for Sadollah to win by submission with a choke in the second round.
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Posted: 11/21/09 1:00PM ET

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