Alessio Sakara (12-7) is back in business, getting the green light to return to the Octagon against Rob Yundt (6-1) at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 Finale at The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, June 21, 2008, at 9 p.m. ET on SpikeTV.
"Legionarius" has dropped two of his last three bouts, including his most recent contest against Chris Leben at UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion in March, which the Italian fighter lost via technical knockout (strikes) in round one. It was his middleweight debut after registering a very mediocre record at light heavyweight (3-3).
One has to imagine that this is a must-win situation for Sakara.
Yundt -- an Alaska Fighting Championship veteran -- had the unenviable task of taking a fight on short notice against Brazilian jiu-jitsu stud Ricardo Almeida at UFC 81: "Breaking Point" back in February. He lost that fight (the first of his career) via submission (guillotine choke) in round one.
He, too, needs a win to prove he's capable of competing on the biggest mixed martial arts stage operating today.
TUF 7 Finale will feature the middleweight showdown between former 185-pound champion, Evan Tanner, and TUF 3 middleweight winner, Kendall Grove. In addition, Diego Sanchez will meet Luigi Fioravanti in a welterweight tilt and the finalists from this season of TUF will meet in the finals to determine the tournament winner.
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