FiveKnuckles.com: It wasn't around for your season. Is there anything today that still sticks out which would have been great in the Aftermath show?
Amir Sadollah: "Ahhh, our season... I'm trying to think. I've blocked so much of that out now (laughs). There are a lot of little things. Not too much, but definitely a few drunken escapades that may not have been a good thing for all of us. People who shall remain nameless pissing themselves, and just all-around crazy house antics. You saw a lot of the house getting wrecked and they could have definitely made an entire episode out of that. Our season compared to others was pretty benign as far as drama though. Everyone got along pretty well. No real "kinky" secrets going on but there is absolutely a secondary show behind the original."
FiveKnuckles.com: You came into that season with no pro fights and won the whole show. Is there something we are missing?
Amir Sadollah: "I always felt I was more experienced than I looked like on paper. Even in my amateur career, I took my time between fights to learn and improve. I was always my own worst critic and wanted to be sure I was always progressing and skilled enough to take that next step up. I think that's the idea to just make sure you are always prepared."
FiveKnuckles.com: Explain your mind set and mental state? You seem very calm, fight or no-fight.
Amir Sadollah: "I've got a good poker face. I am very neurotic. One thing I saw early on was how big your mind set plays into your performance, and it's just something that I've always tried to respond to the challenge with. For me, it's just finding a way no matter the obstacle, and just finding a way to what I want. It's been a mind set that has served me well to this point. There are always setbacks, and I obviously wish there was no roadblocks or setbacks, but if they made me better then I'm glad they happened.
As far is obstacles, that is what I meant. I was upset that I lost but the most important thing to me afterward was that I can't do anything about it, or go back and change it. I felt the best thing I could do for myself was learn from it. And that's what I'm getting across, you always have to go back and see 'What did I do well. What did I not do well.' The ultimate goal is to be the best I can be. Whatever road it takes to get there, it's just part of the plan."
FiveKnuckles.com: Were you rocked from the Hendricks punch?
Amir Sadollah: "Yeah, I mean, he definitely hit me. It didn't feel great and at the time I think I could have fought on, but who knows? It's not something I have poured over in my head too much. I know it's a boring answer, but it's just kinda the way it was. You go on and I just wanted to take from the experience what's going to make me better next time. The Hendricks fight forced a lot of change in me. I hadn't lost in MMA before, and it was something to confront. I've heard that a loss is supposed to make a better fighter so that's what...