Alessio Sakara's UFC 154 appeal denied; Cote's disqualification win stands

Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

Alessio Sakara's appeal to have his UFC 154 disqualification loss to Patrick Cote overturned to a "No Contest" was unsuccessful as the La Regie des alcools des courses et des jeux denied the Italian fighter's protest of the result from the Nov. 17, 2012 event.

The camp of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Alessio Sakara have failed to have their appeal of the fighter's UFC 154 disqualifications loss to Patrick Cote overturned.

Immediately following Sakara's disqualification loss to Cote on Nov. 17, 2012 for numerous illegal strikes to the head, the camp of the Italian-born fighter, headed by manager Lex McMahon, filed for an appeal with Quebec's La Regie des alcools des courses et des jeux, the province's version of an Athletic Commission.

One week after the incident at Montreal's Bell Centre, LaPress.com reported news of the appeal being denied.

Sakara (15-10, 1 NC) suffered his third consecutive defeat due to the disqualification, and has not won a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight since March 2010. After being hurt by the strikes of Cote early in the first round, the 31-year-old turned the tide and wobbled his French-Canadian counterpart with elbows in the standing position.

After being visibly hurt by the strikes, Cote attempted a single leg takedown on Sakara against the cage. That's when "Legionarius" teed off with a number of punches that either landed on the verge of legality or illegally. Once Cote crumbled to the ground from the impact of the strikes, referee Dan Miragliotta called an end to the bout just 86-seconds into the first round.

Cote (18-8) picked up his first victory inside the Octagon since July 2008, despite the fact it did not come in the fashion he would have liked.

In a scrum with media members following the UFC 154 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said the organization plans to book rematch between Sakara and Cote for the future.

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