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UFC 133 fight card: Jorge Rivera vs Alessio Sakara official for Aug. 6 in Philadelphia


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.

Not to be deterred, the world's largest fight promotion is giving it one more go, as the bout was recently made official for UFC 133 on Aug. 6 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

That's close to three months away. Here's to hoping it actually goes down this time.

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.

For his money, Sakara is fresh on the heels of a frustrating unanimous decision defeat at the hands of budding prospect Chris Weidman at UFC on Versus 3 back in March. 

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 will take place on August 6, 2011, from the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the main event of the evening, Rashad Evans will once again attempt to earn himself a title shot by quelling the uprising of the young phenom Phil Davis.

Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama and Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira are also rumored match-ups for the card.

Stay tuned to for further updates.

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