Alessio Sakara will make his UFC middleweight debut at UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio on March 1st against “The Ultimate Fighter” castmember Chris Leben.
The bout was first reported by ProElite.com.
Sakara (16-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) competed earlier this month at UFC 80 dispatching James Lee via TKO less than two-minutes into the fight. After a debut win against Elvis Sinosic, Sakara was handed back-to-back losses by Dean Lister and Drew McFedries. Following the pair of losses Sakara has won 2-of-3 defeating Lee and Victor Valimaki while suffering a TKO loss to Houston Alexander.
Leben (17-4 MMA, 7-3 MMA) translated his appearance on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” into early UFC success winning his first five fights with the promotion against Jason Thacker, Patrick Cote, Edwin Dewees, Jorge Rivera and Luigi Fioravanti. The streak was quickly halted at UFC Fight Night 5 when Leben was knocked out in just 49-seconds by Anderson Silva. After a KO win of Jorge Santiago Leben dropped back-to-back fights to Jason MacDonald and Kalib Starnes putting his UFC future in jeopardy. Leben looked rejuvenated in his last fight, knocking out Terry Martin in September at UFC Fight Night 11.
Chris Leben vs. Alessio Sakara [ProElite]