Third time's the charm.
After injuries to both competitors forced a cancellation of a planned UFC 118 bout, Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara were then booked to throw hands at the "Marquardt vs. Okami" event in Germany back in Nov. 2010.
That, however, fell through at the last minute when "Legionarius" had a close encounter with some bad tuna, which had him upchucking all over Oberhausen.
"Better late than never, verbal agreements are in for what should be an action-packed match between Alessio Sakara and Jorge Rivera at UFC 133."
The first fight announced for UFC 133 should be action-packed, indeed.
Rivera makes his return to the Octagon after a second round technical knockout loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 127. "El Conquistador's" mouth wrote a few checks that his fists couldn't cash, leading to his first loss since 2008.
His pre-fight viral video campaign helped raise his profile, though, so expect a few more eyeballs for this clash.
The Italian boxer was repeatedly taken down and ground out in Kentucky but he'll have no such problems in his fight against Rivera.
UFC 133 is currently rumored for the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 6, 2011. Rivera vs. Sakara is the only bout announced for the card at this time but keep it locked right here at MMAmania.com for any updates to this still-developing fight card.