Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara booked again, set for UFC 133 in AugustPosted on April 12, 2011, 10:23 PM by Joey Santosus
The long overdue Middleweight bout between Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara has been booked for UFC 133 in August.
UFC President Dana White announced that verbal agreements were in place for the match-up via the promotion's official website, UFC.com.
The fight was initially scheduled for UFC 118, but Rivera was forced out after suffering a broken arm. A second booking then fell apart when Sakara withdrew from their UFC 122 bout in Germany due to illness.
Rivera (19-8) will look to bounce back from defeat following a February TKO loss to Michael Bisping. Controversy arose surrounding the UFC 127 bout, as Rivera was struck in the head with an illegal knee shortly before he was overwhelmed by a flurry of punches that resulted in the referee stoppage. Prior to the loss, "El Conquistador" had won four of his last five outings, three of which had come via TKO.
Sakara (15-8), meanwhile, had his own three-fight win streak halted when he dropped a unanimous decision to promotional newcomer Chris Weidman at last month's UFC on Versus 3. "Legionarius" had also won four of his last five match-ups, with knockout victories both Joe Vedepo and James Irvin.
While still unofficial, UFC 133 is expected to take place on August 6th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.