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Alessio Sakara was hoping to secure Bellator’s middleweight title yesterday, in his native Italy, but the champ Rafael Carvalho wasn’t having it.

As you’ll see by watching the clip below, the noted striker stunned Sakara moments into the contest with a stinging punch, and then finished the deal with follow up strikes. The win marked the third time Carvalho has defended Bellator’s 185 crown.

The UFC vet Sakara was tapped for a title shot, after winning three straight fights.