Posted on: March 21, 2010 9:14 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2010 10:01 pm
Up first is a middleweight bout pitting James "Sandman" Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara.
This is Irvin's first fight since his infamous one-minute KO loss to Anderson Silva in July 2008. Sakara has won his last two UFC fights (vs. Thales Leites and Joe Vedepo).
This one should be all-standup, unless one of them views the other's lack of submissions prowess as too much of a temptation and can't resist the urge to try their luck on the ground. Don't bet on that.
Round 1: Both guys stalking each other slowly. One-two combos from both guys, but nothing much landing. Sakara misses a spinning backfist. Sakara connects with a combo. Left hook by Sakara. Irvin counters with a leg kick. Sakara with a straight left to the gut. Nice right hand by Sakara connects with Irvin's jaw. Sakara mixing up his punches here, landing a left hook to the eye. Irvin starts complaining of an eye poke and the referee separates Sakara from Irvin.
Irvin says he got poked in the eye, but several replays show that it was clearly a punch to the eye socket, so if Irvin got poked, it wasn't by an extended finger, but possibly part of the glove or knuckle. Referee Josh Rosenthal notes that it was a punch rather than an errant eye poke (i.e., a legal blow), and therefore, if Irvin can't continue, Sakara wins the fight.
Doctors evaluate Irvin, and the fight is waved off. The crowd boos the decision, but there isn't much that can be done about stuff like this.
Winner: Alessio Sakara defeats James Irvin via TKO due to injury stoppage (eye) at 3:01 of Round 1.
Posted on: March 1, 2008 11:08 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2008 11:22 pm
Alessio Sakara is on his way to the Octagon to fight Chris "The Crippler" Leben.
Round 1: They come out swinging. I know, shocker. Both guys are landing the majority of their shots square on the chin. Leben is at least mixing in some leg and body kicks. Leben finally nails Sakara with a pair of lefts that put Sakara on the mat. Sakara looks to pull guard as Leben rushes in with furious left hands. One of them flattens Sakara out momentarily, and since he's not blocking anything, referee Herb Dean steps in for the TKO stoppage.
Winner: Chris Leben defeated Alessio Sakara via TKO due to strikes at 3:16 of Round 1.
Sakara actually protested the stoppage and wasn't completely knocked out, but when you're getting tagged like that and knocked down, and still not blocking, you make it really hard for the referee to keep giving you leeway. Pretty action-packed fight while it lasted.
Posted on: January 19, 2008 3:02 pm
Once again, if you do not want to know the results of UFC 80's fights, don't read any further. Spoilers below.
Quickie undercard fight results for UFC 80: