Report: Leben-Sakara Signed for UFC 82


Photo courtesy of ChrisLeben.com

While the UFC already put forth a “stacked” event last summer, I think it’s safe to say that UFC 82: Pride of a Champion is looking even better.

A tenth rumored bout for the event has been confirmed by Five Ounces of Pain, who are reporting that popular middleweight Chris Leben will return to action against light heavyweight convert Alessio Sakara, who will be fighting for the first time at 185 lbs.

Leben’s manager, T. Jay Thompson confirmed his client’s participation against Sakara at the event. Leben last fought in September, where he scored a dramatic third-round knockout win over upstart middleweight Terry Martin at UFC Fight Night 11.

Sakara defeated James Lee at UFC 80: Rapid Fire a couple of weeks ago, stopping him with strikes in the first round of their bout. The former professional boxer, who has had a roller coaster of a UFC career, recently joined forces with American Top Team.

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