Cursed: Sakara tears ACL, out of Rivera fight for 3rd time, Philippou in

Monday, July 25, 2011

Jorge Rivera was a guest on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour this morning and had some unfortunate news – his opponent Alessio Sakara was out of their UFC 133 fight. MMA Fighting reporter Mike Chiappetta quickly followed up with a tweet verifying the info.

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Results of an MRI conducted today confirmed that Alessio Sakara has torn his ACL and will be out a minimum of six to eight months, a representative from American Top Team confirmed today with

It’s the third time a scheduled bout between the middleweights has been sacked. The fighters first were supposed to meet at UFC 118 before Rivera broke his arm and was forced to withdraw. A second meeting was canceled when Sakara fell ill just hours before UFC 122.

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Word of the injury first surfaced on the UG several days ago:

Some info on Alessio Sakara vs Jorge Rivera

From:Rookie Fighter
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 In training today Alessio dislocated his knee pretty bad. Don’t know how that will effect training but he was in great pain

From: Rookie Fighter
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 Im hearing sakara is out now homie. You are all welcome

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“I don’t get upset,” said Jorge Rivera. “It’s part of the business and part of the game,” explained Rivera. “As long as I can get another fight for that card and continue on, I just take it in stride. It’s not the end of the world. It’s the third time. The first time I broke my arm, the second time he got sick and this time he tore his ACL. It’s just a fight that the MMA Gods don’t want to happen, so it’s not going to happen – Its just not meant to be.”

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UFC officials today announced that with Alessio Sakara forced out of August’s UFC 133 event, Constantinos Phillippou has been pulled from a preliminary card bout with Rafael “Sapo” Natal and will now face Jorge Rivera on the evening’s pay-per-view broadcast.

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Moments after Constantinos Philippou was pulled to face Jorge Rivera at UFC 133, his original opponent Rafael ‘Sapo’ Natal will now face former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ competitor Paul Bradley in Philadelphia.

Sources close to the match-up confirmed the new bout to on Monday, with verbal agreements in place for the fight.

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UFC 133 features a light heavyweight headliner between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 6.