MMA Mania is reporting that light heavyweights Alessio Sakara and James Lee will face off against each other at UFC 80: Rapid Fire which is set to take place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England in January.
According to Sakara’s management team, the fight against Lee will be Sakara’s last at 205 lbs:
In addition, representatives indicated that this will be the last fight for Sakara at 205 pounds in the near future — he plans to dip down to middleweight (185 pounds) regardless of the result in the United Kingdom.
For at least one more night, it was UFC vs PRIDE.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and PRIDE Middleweight title holder Dan Henderson clashed last night in order to determine who currently is the best fighter in the world at 205 lbs. It was Jackson that came away victorious after five long and hard fought rounds at the sold out O2 Arena in London, England.
Jackson overcame being down on points earlier in the fight to win the final two rounds in convincing fashion and to give the judges more than enough reason to award him an unanimous decision.
Henderson (22-6) controlled the fight early on, clinching early and often to keep Jackson (28-6) at bay and unable to let his hands go. Jackson fought hard to prevent the two-time U.S. Olympic wrestler from taking him down but Henderson’s skill proved too much in the first few rounds.
However the rounds quickly caught up to Henderson and Jackson used his size and strength to wear down his opponent. The final stages of the fight saw Jackson beat Henderson at his own game, showing off newly polished ground skills that have become yet another weapon in Jackson’s dangerous arsenal. The final round saw both fighters lay everything on the line. Both were content to slug it out until the final bell where Henderson collapsed due to fatigue, allowing Jackson to pound away until the referee was forced to let the fighters know that the bout was over.
After the fight, Jackson let everyone know that his success on the ground wasn’t a fluke.
“A lot of people don’t know but I’ve got Jiu-Jitsu,” exclaimed Jackson.
Today we will be going live at 1:30 PM EST, covering UFC 75: Champion vs Champion with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…
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While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:
UFC 75 Weigh-In Results
Dan Henderson: “This is the Biggest Fight of my Career”
PRIDE’s Last Hurrah? Possibly Not
Rampage Discusses Strategy Against Henderson
Dan Henderson on Best Damn Sports Show Period
UFC 75 Conference Call Notes
Rampage Discusses Bout With Henderson
Cro Cop’s Training Regimen Revealed?
UFC 75 to Air on Spike TV
Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson - UFC Light Heavyweight Title/PRIDE Middleweight Title Unification Bout
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Cheick Kongo
Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill
Houston Alexander vs. Alessio Sakara
Marcus Davis vs. Paul Taylor
Jess Liaudin vs. Anthony Torres
Gleison Tibau vs. Terry Etim
Thiago Silva vs. Tomasz Drwal
Dennis Siver vs. Naoyuki Kotani
Here are the official results from the UFC 75 weigh-ins:
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (204 lbs) vs. Dan Henderson (204 lbs)
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (220 lbs) vs. Cheick Kongo (231 lbs)
Michael Bisping (205 lbs) vs. Matt Hamill (205 lbs)
Alessio Sakara (205 lbs) vs. Houston Alexander (203 lbs)
Marcus Davis (169 lbs) vs. Paul Taylor (171 lbs)
Thiago Silva (204 lbs) vs. Tomasz Drwal (204 lbs)
Jess Liaudin (170 lbs) vs. Anthony Torres (170 lbs)
Dennis Siver (154 lbs) vs. Naoyuki Kotani (155 lbs)
Gleison Tibau (156 lbs) vs. Terry Etim (155 lbs)
Quinton Jackson confirmed that he will defend his title against Dan Henderson on September 8th in London at UFC 75 in a recent interview with CBS 2 of Los Angeles.
“I have to fight September 8th in London with the champion of Japan [Henderson]. He has the belt that I was trying to go for that I never got.”
It’s going to be interesting to see what the UFC plans on doing with Henderson’s PRIDE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight titles. Are they going to be on the line as well? Only time will tell…
MMA on Tap currently has Mirko Cro Cop, Jess Liaudin, Dennis Siver, Alessio Sakara, and Michael Bisping rumored to also be fighting at the event.
News and Notes
- The UFC has officially confirmed Valimaki-Sakara and Kongo-Silva for UFC 70. The official card currently looks like this:
UFC 70: Nations Collide
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
David Heath vs. Lyoto Machida
Michael Bisping vs. Elvis Sinosic
Andrei Arlovski vs. Fabricio Werdum
Assuerio Silva vs. Cheick Kongo
Matt Grice vs. Terry Etim
Junior Assuncao vs. David Lee
Victor Valimaki vs. Alessio Sakara
Dennis Siver vs. Jess Liaudin
Edilberto De Oliveira vs. Paul Taylor
- Reports surfaced yesterday stating the Fertitta brothers have purchased PRIDE FC for an estimated $65 million. Dave Meltzer has released a message saying there may have been an 11th hour fall apart once again.
Regarding all the Pride rumors, we’ve heard so much in recent days. Where there’s smoke there is fire, but Pride has been close to sold so many times that I don’t count on anything, particularly since sources have heard about an 11th hour fall apart once again. The funny thing is, in Japan, the belief is it is about to be sold, but not to the Fertittas. But in Japan the expectation is something will break at the next show.
It has been announced that Wilson Gouveia has been forced to withdraw from his fight against Alessio Sakara at UFC 65: Bad Intentions due to a rib injury suffered in training. Wilson Gouveia’s replacement will be Drew McFedries
Drew McFedries is a talented striker who sports a mixed martial arts record of 4-1. McFedries only MMA loss came to the hands of UFC veteran Nathan Quarry back in September of 2001.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that UFC veterans Alessio Sakara and Brad Imes will be returning to the octagon November 18th for UFC 65.
Sakara will be stepping into the cage with fellow UFC veteran Wilson Gouveia and Imes will be facing off against Antoni Hardonk.