|Born||September 2, 1981|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||83.6 kg (184 lb; 13 st 2 lb)|
|Division||Middleweight (2008–2013), (2017–present)|
Light Heavyweight (2002–2008), (2014–2017)
|Reach||183 cm (72.0 in)|
|Fighting out of||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcus "Conan" SilveiraBlack belt in|
|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 professional mixed martial artist, former professional boxer and Sanshou kickboxer, currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2002, Sakara has also formerly competed for the UFC, Jungle Fight, Cage Warriors, and M-1 Global.
Born in Rome, Sakara began to compete in soccer at the age of five and was talented, playing the midfielder position. He 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 Costas 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 a nine-month delay, on July 24, 2014, Sakara 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 84 kg (185 pounds) and that he will continue his career in the Light Heavyweight division.
Sakara's Final Fight Championship debut took place on December 6, 2014 against Maciej Browarski. The fight was stopped in the first round when Sakara wasn't able to continue after getting injured from tearing his bicep. First Browarski was awarded the victory via TKO (injury), the result was later overturned to a No Contest by the Croatian MMA Federation.
In his next fight, Sakara faced off against Lebanon's Dib Akil. Following the opening seconds of the round, in which Akil threw wild hooks that unsuccessfully landed, Sakara took Akil to the ground and piled up punches until the TKO stoppage.
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
- Italy Chinese Kung Fu Association
- Italian Heavyweight Pro Sanshou Champion
- World Chinese Kung Fu Association (World Pro Sanshou Championship)
- Silver Medal in Pro Sanshou: Heavyweight Class
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|36 matches||21 wins||13 losses|
|Win||21–13 (2)||Canaan Grigsby||TKO (punches)||Bellator 230||October 12, 2019||1||0:23||Milan, Italy|
|Loss||20–13 (2)||Kent Kauppinen||KO (punch)||Bellator 211||December 1, 2018||1||1:10||Genoa, Italy|
|Win||20–12 (2)||Jamie Sloane||TKO (punches)||Bellator 203||July 14, 2018||1||1:19||Rome, Italy|
|Loss||19–12 (2)||Rafael Carvalho||KO (punches and elbow)||Bellator 190||December 9, 2017||1||0:45||Florence, Italy||For the Bellator Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||19–11 (2)||Joey Beltran||TKO (punches)||Bellator 168||December 10, 2016||1||1:20||Florence, Italy|
|Win||18–11 (2)||Brian Rogers||KO (punches)||Bellator 152||April 16, 2016||2||2:29||Torino, Italy|
|Win||17–11 (2)||Dib Akil||TKO (punches)||Final Fight Championship 19||September 18, 2015||1||1:32||Linz, Austria|
|NC||16–11 (2)||Maciej Browarski||NC (arm injury)||Final Fight Championship 16||December 6, 2014||1||1:21||Vienna, Austria||Return to Light Heavyweight. Sakara injured his arm.|
|Loss||16–11 (1)||Nico Musoke||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz||October 26, 2013||1||3:07||Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||16–10 (1)||Patrick Côté||DQ (punches to back of head)||UFC 154||November 17, 2012||1||1:26||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||16–9 (1)||Brian Stann||KO (punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva||April 14, 2012||1||2:26||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||16–8 (1)||Chris Weidman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2011||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||16–7 (1)||James Irvin||TKO (punch)||UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones||March 21, 2010||1||3:01||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||15–7 (1)||Thales Leites||Decision (split)||UFC 101||August 8, 2009||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||14–7 (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||13–7 (1)||Chris Leben||KO (punches)||UFC 82||March 1, 2008||1||3:16||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Middleweight debut.|
|Win||13–6 (1)||James Lee||TKO (punches)||UFC 80||January 19, 2008||1||1:30||Newcastle, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||12–6 (1)||Houston Alexander||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC 75||September 8, 2007||1||1:01||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||12–5 (1)||Victor Valimaki||TKO (punches)||UFC 70||April 21, 2007||1||1:44||Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||11–5 (1)||Drew McFedries||TKO (punches)||UFC 65||November 18, 2006||1||4:07||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||11–4 (1)||Dean Lister||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 60||May 27, 2006||1||1:20||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||11–3 (1)||Elvis Sinosic||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 57||February 4, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|NC||10–3 (1)||Ron Faircloth||NC (groin strike)||UFC 55||October 7, 2005||2||0:10||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Sakara kicked in the groin.|
|Win||10–3||Frank Amaugou||Decision (unanimous)||King of the Ring||February 19, 2005||3||N/A||Milan, Italy|
|Win||9–3||Tihamer Brunner||TKO (punches)||Ring Fight||November 20, 2004||N/A||N/A||Bergamo, Italy|
|Loss||8–3||Assuerio Silva||Decision (unanimous)||Jungle Fight 3||October 23, 2004||3||5:00||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||8–2||Eduardo Maiorino||KO (punches)||Real Fight 1||July 30, 2004||1||0:30||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||7–2||Yeon Jung||KO (punches)||WXF: X-Impact World Championships 2003||December 3, 2003||1||2:02||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||6–2||Rafael Tatu||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Meca 9: 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||Cage Warriors One Tournament Final.|
|Win||3–0||Adam Woolmer||Submission (kimura)||CWFC 1: Armageddon||July 27, 2002||1||0:21||London, England||Cage Warriors One Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||2–0||Mastioli Mastioli||Submission (armbar)||Fight Night||June 21, 2002||1||0:20||Pomezia, Italy|
|Win||1–0||Paolo Di Clementi||KO (punches)||Fight Night||June 21, 2002||1||0:13||Pomezia, Italy|
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|9 fights||8 wins||1 loss|
|9||Win||8–1||Tomáš Mrázek||PTS||6||May 9, 2009||Rome, Italy|
|8||Win||7–1||Andreas Guenther||KO||5 (6)||Mar 14, 2009||Rome, Italy|
|7||Win||6–1||Nabil Haciani||PTS||6||Dec 26, 2005||Rome, Italy|
|6||Loss||5–1||Jean Marc Monrose||KO||5 (10)||July 8, 2005||Lazio, Italy||For the vacant IBF Youth Cruiserweight Championship.|
|5||Win||5–0||Fernando Martinez||TKO||3 (6)||June 2, 2005||Salvador, Bahia, Brazil|
|4||Win||4–0||Florin Constandache Ilie||TKO||2 (6)||May 14, 2005||Rome, Italy|
|3||Win||3–0||Imre Gergely||TKO||3 (6)||April 30, 2005||Rome, Italy|
|2||Win||2–0||Valentin Marinel||KO||3 (6)||Mar 19, 2005||Rome, Italy|
|1||Win||1–0||Ubiracy Santos Lima||TKO||4 (6)||Aug 30, 2004||Salvador, Bahia, Brazil|
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