Alessio Sakara Denied No Contest, But He’s Here to Stay
Sorry, Alessio Sakara, but as far as Canada is concerned, you lost that fight at UFC 154. Sakara’s match ended rather quickly after referee Dan Miragliotta, stopped the fight when Sakara unleashed about seven blows to the back of Patrick Cote’s head. Despite clearly being the dominant fighter, Sakara was disqualified.
In an attempt to try and keep his fight record clean, Sakara’s camp, American Top Team, appealed to have the fight declared a no contest. However, the Quebec athletic commission denied the change, ultimately leaving Sakara with his third consecutive loss.
Fighters who show a consistent decline in their records are usually given the boot. But count your blessings, Sakara fans. This Italian brawler is here to stay. According to an article by Ariel Helwani, Sakara’s manager Lex McMahon reports that his client has signed a new four-fight contract. Here’s what McMahon had to say on behalf of Sakara:
“We believe this gesture is indicative of the level of respect the UFC has for Alessio. And we want to thank Dana White, Joe Silva, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta for their long-standing support of Alessio. He is very focused on showing his appreciation the next time he steps into the Octagon.”
Let us hope for Sakara’s sake that McMahon is right. Sakara has much potential and room for improvement. The UFC knows that they have a strong prospect here.
As for a Sakara and Cote rematch, there has yet to be anything said when or if this will happen. If there will be a rematch, hopefully Sakara will fight with more caution.