Barring another unforeseen setback, Jorge Rivera (19-8) and Alessio Sakara (15-8) will finally face off later this year after a pair of failed attempts in 2010 previously kept the two stand-up savvy middleweights from mixing it up in the Octagon with the most recent case relating to Sakara withdrawing within hours of taking on Rivera at UFC 122 this past November while citing illness as the reason.
News of the re-scheduled scrap was announced on the UFC’s website where it was mentioned both fighters had verbally agreed to the match-up and would likely see each other at UFC 133 in August. No location for the event was mentioned but numerous media outlets have referred to Philadelphia as the card’s likely location.
Both men are coming off memorable defeats with a bloody but spirited Sakara falling on the scorecards to Chris Weidman last month at UFC Live 3 and Rivera gutting it out against Michael Bisping in February after absorbing an intentional illegal knee in the opening round of their grudge match at UFC 127. However, each had also emerged victorious in a trio of consecutive bouts entering those fights and should provide fireworks when things go down in late summer given their propensity for separating opponents from consciousness. Thirteen of Rivera’s nineteen total wins have come as the result of a TKO with his ATT-trained adversary earning three-quarters of his victories by means of striking.
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