Alessio Sakara (left) returns to action on March 3 | Dave
A rumored middleweight scrap between undefeated prospect Chris
Weidman and heavy-handed Italian Alessio
Sakara is now official for
UFC Live 3 “Sanchez vs. Kampmann.”
The UFC announced the bout on Wednesday, raising the official
number of fights on the bill to 11. Only a bantamweight duel
World Extreme Cagefighting title challenger Takeya
Mizugaki and promotional newcomer Reuben
Duran has yet to be ratified by the UFC.
The event -- which will be headlined by a welterweight duel between
Sanchez and Martin
Kampmann -- goes down March 3 at the KFC Yum! Center in
Louisville, Ky. Also scheduled is a 185-pound showdown pitting
standout wrestlers C.B.
Dollaway and Mark Munoz
against one another.
Weidman holds a perfect professional record and has competed
exclusively for New Jersey’s Ring of
Combat during his short career. The former Hofstra University
wrestler made his pro debut in 2009, rattling off three straight
finishes en route to capturing the ROC middleweight title. Prior to
signing his new, four-fight deal with the UFC, the 26-year-old
earned a unanimous decision victory over Valdir
Arraujo at ROC
33 in December.
A winner of three straight bouts inside the Octagon, Sakara has
battled through injuries and illness to find himself on a roll with
the UFC. He kicked off his recent streak with a “Knockout of the
Night” performance over Joe Vedepo in
2008 and followed that victory with a split decision over Brazilian
jiu-jitsu ace Thales
Leites nearly a year later. “Legionarius” last stepped into the
cage in March 2010, breaking James Irvin’s
orbital bone and earning a first-round TKO.