The UFC’s July card is beginning to come together, as a middleweight match up between Nate Marquardt and Alessio Sakara is in the works for UFC 116 in Las Vegas. According to MMAjunkie.com, the bout agreements are currently being wrapped up and are in the finalization process.
Marquardt’s last appearance in the Octagon ended up being quite the surprise. The middleweight top contender and the UFC 109 viewers were stunned when Chael Sonnen pulled out a dominant unanimous decision in the co-main event of the February card. The loss cost Marquardt a rematch with 185-pound champion Anderson Silva and sent him back to the drawing boards.
Sakara, a fighter based out of the American Top Team camp in Coconut Creek, Florida, was featured on the main card of the UFC’s debut on the Versus network and walked a way with a strange technical knockout victory after his opponent, James Irvin, believed his eye had been poked. Nevertheless, Sakara’s performance was an impressive one, even though his skeleton of an opponent seemed completely helpless due to a steep weight cut. The victory was Sakara’s third consecutive, including wins over Thales Leites and Joe Vedepo.
UFC 116 is set for July 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will feature one of the biggest heavyweight match ups in the history of the sport, as champion Brock Lesnar will do battle against interim champion Shane Carwin in a title unification fight. A lightweight bout between Kurt Pellegrino and George Sotiropoulous has also been rumored to make the main card.