September 2, 1981 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)|
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Marcus "Conan" Silveira|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Alessio Sakara (born September 2, 1981) is an Italian mixed martial artist and former boxer who previously fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2002, he has also competed for Jungle Fight, Cage Warriors, and M-1 Global. On July 24th 2014 he signed a three fight deal with the European promotion Final Fight Championship. 
Born in Rome, Sakara began to compete in soccer at the age of five and was talented, playing the midfielder position. However, Sakara did not have the connections required to play the sport professionally and then began training in boxing at the age of 11. At the age of 18 Sakara began training with Roberto Almeida in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, later earning a black belt under former UFC veteran Marcus "Conan" Silveira. Sakara turned to mixed martial arts after competing in amateur boxing matches because he did not think he would be able to support himself with the little money that boxers in Italy receive, and also did not prefer the tactical approach of the sport. Sakara was also attracted to the rising sport of mixed martial arts after his uncle showed him a VHS tape of UFC 5, which featured a bout between future UFC Hall of Famers Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie, when Sakara was 19 years old. 
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Sakara made his UFC debut at UFC 55, fighting against Ron Faircloth. The bout was ruled a no contest due to an inside leg kick to Sakara's groin.
Sakara was submitted in his next bout at UFC 60 by decorated grappling specialist and former King of the Cage Middleweight Champion Dean Lister. Sakara was next expected to face Wilson Gouveia at UFC 65, but the bout was cancelled when Gouveia withdrew.
Sakara rebounded from these losses when he fought Victor Valimaki at UFC 70, winning via TKO at 1:44 of the first round.
At UFC Fight Night 15, Sakara defeated Joe Vedepo via KO in the first round with a head kick, which earning him Knockout of the Night honors. Sakara was then expected to face Jake Rosholt at UFC Fight Night 17 but the bout was cancelled when Sakara had to pull out due to a shoulder injury.
Sakara was scheduled to face Rousimar Palhares on December 5, 2009 at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, but had to withdraw after suffering an undisclosed injury while training. He was replaced by Lucio Linhares.
Sakara was then scheduled to face Jorge Rivera on August 28, 2010 at UFC 118, but Rivera pulled out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Gerald Harris. Sakara was then forced off the card with an injury and replaced by Joe Vedepo.
His bout with Rivera had been rescheduled and was expected to take place on November 13, 2010 at UFC 122, but the fight was cancelled, Sakara intended on competing despite experiencing flu-like symptoms, but the bout was terminated due to Sakara vomiting backstage.
Sakara was expected to face Maiquel Falcão on March 3, 2011 at the UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann event. However, Falcão was injured while training and replaced by Rafael Natal. Then in early February, Natal pulled out of the bout due to a knee injury, and was replaced by promotional newcomer Chris Weidman. Sakara lost a unanimous decision after getting repeatedly taken down and controlled by Weidman's wrestling.
The bout between Sakara and Rivera had been rescheduled again for August 6, 2011 at UFC 133, but Sakara was forced out of the bout after tearing the ACL in his knee while training and was replaced by Costa Philippou.
Sakara lost to Patrick Côté due to disqualification on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154 after rocking Côte with elbows, only to get caught up in the moment and land multiple blows to the back of Côté's head.
Sakara was slated to face Tom Watson at UFC Fight Night 30.  However, Watson was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Magnus Cedenblad. Subsequently in early October, Cedenblad was forced out of the Sakara bout with an injury and replaced by newcomer Nico Musoke. Sakara lost the fight by submission due to an armbar in the first round and was released from the promotion shortly after.
Final Fight Championship
After 9 month long delay, on July 24th 2014, he signed a three fight deal with the European promotion Final Fight Championship.  During the press conference he stated that his UFC career was compromised because he had enormous trouble cutting weight at 185 lbs and that he will continue his career in the light heavyweight division. His Final Fight Championship debut is scheduled for October 2014 
Sakara is married and has two sons. Recognizable for his many tattoos, Sakara has the words "Senatus Populusque Romanus" on his forearm, a common marking of soldiers of the Roman Empire, as well as several other tattoos that are a tribute to his ethnic background and love of Roman history. His surname comes from Saqqara, which was a Roman colony in Egypt.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||15 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||15–11 (1)||Nico Musoke||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz||October 26, 2013||1||3:07||Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||15–10 (1)||Patrick Côté||DQ (punches to back of head)||UFC 154||November 17, 2012||1||1:26||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Sakara disqualified for landing multiple punches to the back of the head.|
|Loss||15–9 (1)||Brian Stann||KO (punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva||April 14, 2012||1||2:26||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||15–8 (1)||Chris Weidman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2011||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||15–7 (1)||James Irvin||TKO (punch)||UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones||March 21, 2010||1||3:01||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||14–7 (1)||Thales Leites||Decision (split)||UFC 101||August 8, 2009||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||13–7 (1)||Joe Vedepo||KO (head kick)||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer||September 17, 2008||1||1:27||Omaha, Nebraska, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||12–7 (1)||Chris Leben||KO (punches)||UFC 82||March 1, 2008||1||3:16||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Middleweight debut.|
|Win||12–6 (1)||James Lee||TKO (punches)||UFC 80||January 19, 2008||1||1:30||Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||11–6 (1)||Houston Alexander||TKO (knee & punches)||UFC 75||September 8, 2007||1||1:01||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||11–5 (1)||Victor Valimaki||TKO (punches)||UFC 70||April 21, 2007||1||1:44||Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||10–5 (1)||Drew McFedries||TKO (punches)||UFC 65||November 18, 2006||1||4:07||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||10–4 (1)||Dean Lister||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 60||May 27, 2006||1||1:20||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||10–3 (1)||Elvis Sinosic||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 57||February 4, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|NC||9–3 (1)||Ron Faircloth||No Contest (groin strike)||UFC 55||October 7, 2005||2||0:10||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Sakara kicked in the groin.|
|Win||9–3||Frank Amaugou||Decision (unanimous)||KOTR: King of the Ring||February 19, 2005||3||N/A||Milan, Italy|
|Win||8–3||Tihamer Brunner||TKO (punches)||Ring Fight||November 20, 2004||N/A||N/A||Bergamo, Italy|
|Loss||7–3||Assuerio Silva||Decision (unanimous)||Jungle Fight 3||October 23, 2004||3||5:00||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||7–2||Eduardo Maiorino||KO||Real Fight 1||July 30, 2004||1||0:30||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||6–2||Rafael Tatu||TKO (punches)||Meca World Vale Tudo 9||August 1, 2003||2||4:18||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||5–2||Damien Riccio||Decision (unanimous)||Martial Arts Day||May 11, 2003||2||6:00||Rome, Italy|
|Win||4–2||David Mortelette||TKO (punches)||Resa Dei Conti 6||December 20, 2002||1||1:12||Livorno, Italy|
|Loss||3–2||Roman Zentsov||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 MFC: Russia vs. the World 4||November 15, 2002||2||5:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||3–1||Simon Holmes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CWFC 1: Armageddon||July 27, 2002||1||4:50||London, England|
|Win||3–0||Adam Woolmer||Submission (kimura)||CWFC 1: Armageddon||July 27, 2002||1||0:21||London, England|
|Win||2–0||Mastioli Mastioli||Submission (armbar)||Fight Night||June 21, 2002||1||0:20||Pomezia, Italy|
|Win||1–0||Di Clementi||KO||Fight Night||June 21, 2002||1||0:13||Pomezia, Italy|
|8 Wins (6 knockouts, 2 decisions, 0 disqualification), 1 Losses, 0 Draws, 0 No Contests|
|Win||8-1||Tomáš Mrázek||PTS||6 (6), 3:00||09/05/2009||Rome, Italy|
|Win||7-1||Andreas Guenther||KO||5 (6), N/A||14/03/2009||Rome, Italy|
|Win||6-1||Nabil Haciani||PTS||6 (6), 3:00||26/12/2005||Rome, Italy|
|Loss||5-1||Jean Marc Monrose||KO||5 (10), N/A||08/07/2005||Rome, Italy||For the vacant IBF Youth cruiserweight title.|
|Win||5-0||Fernando Martinez||TKO||3 (6), N/A||02/06/2005||Salvador, Bahia, Brazil|
|Win||4-0||Florin Constandache Ilie||TKO||2 (6), N/A||14/05/2005||Rome, Italy|
|Win||3-0||Imre Gergely||TKO||3 (6), N/A||30/04/2005||Rome, Italy|
|Win||2-0||Valentin Marinel||KO||3 (6), N/A||19/03/2005||Rome, Italy|
|Win||1-0||Ubiracy Santos Lima||TKO||4 (6), N/A||30/08/2004||Salvador, Bahia, Brazil|
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- "Exclusive:Chris Leben to Fight Alessio Sakara". ProElite.com. January 28, 2010.
- "TUF 10 Finale: Rousimar Palhares vs Lucio Linhares set for Dec. 5 with Alessio Sakara hurt". MMAMania.com. September 27, 2009.
- "James Irvin returns against Alessio Sakara at "UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones"". MMAJunkie.com. January 15, 2010.
- "Alessio Sakara Withdraws from UFC 116 matchup with Nate Marquardt". mmafrenzy.com. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
- "Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara targeted for August's UFC 118 in Boston". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 6 May 2010. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
- "Jorge Rivera pulls out of 118 with a broken arm". mmajunkie.com. July 23, 2010.
- "Gerald Harris steps in for injured Jorge Rivera, faces Alessio Sakara at UFC 118". mmajunkie.com. July 23, 2010.
- "Joe Vedepo replaces Alessio Sakara, faces Gerald Harris at UFC 118". mmajunkie.com. August 5, 2010.
- "Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara agree to meet at UFC 122 in Germany". mmajunkie.com. August 23, 2010.
- "Sakara Sick, UFC 122 Co-Main Cancelled". November 13, 2010.
- "Alessio Sakara vs. Maiquel Falcao on tap for UFC on Versus 3 in March". mmajunkie.com. December 9, 2010.
- "Rafael "Sapo" Natal Replaces Injured Maiquel Falcao at UFC on Versus 3". mmaweekly.com. January 14, 2011.
- "Rafael Natal withdraws from UFC on Versus 3". Versus.com. February 12, 2011.
- "Newcomer Weidman likely replaces Natal, meets Sakara at UFC on Versus 3". mmajunkie.com. February 14, 2011.
- "Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara Finally Meet at UFC 133 in August". mmaweekly.com. April 12, 2011.
- "With Alessio Sakara out, Costa Philippou faces Jorge Rivera at 133". MMA Junkie. July 25, 2011.
- "Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara slated for UFC on FUEL TV 2 in Sweden". mmajunkie.com. January 5, 2012.
- "Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara added to November's UFC 154 in Montreal". mmajunkie.com. August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
- Pishna, Ken (December 17, 2012). "Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara UFC 158 Rematch Scratched; Sakara Sidelined". mmaweekly.
- "Watson Draws Sakara In UFC Manchester Stand Up Battle". YourMMA.tv. August 21, 2013.
- Staff (2013-10-10). "Nicholas Musoke meets Alessio Sakara at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
- "Sotiropoulos, Sexton and Sakara released from the UFC". msn.foxsports.com. December 19, 2013.
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- Fight Site. "Sakara signes for FFC!". www.fightsite.hr. Fight Site. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- http://www.mensfitness.co.uk/ufc/interviews/7774/alessio_sakara_ufc_interview.html Alessio Sakara UFC interview: Fighting for glory