Three middleweight bouts have been added to upcoming UFC cards as Jason Lambert will drop down from light heavyweight to meet Jason Day at UFC 88, Alessio Sakara will take on UFC newcomer Joe Vedepo at UFC Fight Night 15, and contenders Thales Leites and Goran Reljic will square off at UFC 90.
Jason Lambert (23-8) started his UFC career with three straight victories but has since dropped three of his last four bouts including back-to-back losses to Wilson Gouveia and Luiz Cane. He will make his middleweight debut at UFC 88 on September 6th in Atlanta against Jason Day (17-6), who dispatched Alan Belcher via first-round TKO in his UFC debut in April but was stopped by Michael Bisping via first-round TKO at UFC 85 in June.
Alessio Sakara (12-7) has gone just 3-4 in the UFC, posting victories over Elvis Sinosic, Victor Valimaki, and James Lee. Sakara made his middleweight debut against Chris Leben at UFC 82, losing via first-round TKO. He will take on Joe Vedepo (7-1) on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 15 on September 17th in Omaha, Nebraska. In his last fight, Vedepo, who has never gone the distance in his professional career, won the Midwest Cage Championship middleweight title with a late third-round verbal submission victory over Brian Green in June.
Thales Leites (13-1) has won four straight bouts in the UFC following his UFC debut loss to Martin Kampmann in late-2006. Leites posted victories over Pete Sell, Floyd Sword, and Ryan Jensen then defeated former middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt via split decision at UFC 85 in June. Goran Reljic (8-0) is undefeated in his professional career, including a UFC debut victory over Wilson Gouveia at UFC 84 in May. Reljic, the 2007 European Gracie Jiu Jitsu champion, will drop down from light heavyweight to the 185-pound middleweight division to take on Leites at UFC 90 on October 25th in Chicago.
(Pictured: Jason Day)