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Alessio Sakara Swears Off Tuna Fish After Pulling Out of UFC 122

(Propers: YouTube/Legiostaff)

Shaky camera work? Check. Chair awkwardly placed in front of a full-length mirror? Check. Poorly translated subtitles? Check. Odd excuse for why you missed weight/pulled out of a fight/didn’t win? Triple check. Having run down our checklist, we’re confident that Alessio Sakara’s explanation of why he withdrew from his scheduled bout with Jorge Rivera at UFC 122 earlier this month meets all the requirements of a standard postfight mea culpa video. To hear Sakara tell it, it was not the weight cut but rather some bad tuna fish that knocked him out of action just hours before the event. Since he was on an all tuna diet for at least a week before the fight, there aren’t a lot of other possibilities, the fighter says.


One thing is abundantly clear here: Sakara is straight bumming that he had to pull out of this fight. He says UFC 122 was set to be his first co-main event bout, his first UFC fight where a large contingent of Italians could travel up to see him compete and his first fight that was to be broadcast on Sky TV in Europe. So that pretty much sucks for him. Also, dude? All tuna fish diet? Nasty. The only thing we can think of that would be nastier is the resulting tuna-fish-induced rejection of it by your body. But don’t take our word for it, here it is straight from Sakara:

“Between vomiting, fever and sweating, I couldn’t hold down my liquids to gain back my weight (after the cut),” he says. “(The UFC medical staff) hooked up an IV to rehydrate my body, everything was done at the last minute. I want to especially thank the staff at UFC because they saw that I was not 100 percent. They said ‘If you’re not 100 percent, don’t fight. When you’re 100 percent you can (come back) and get the knockout …’

“On Monday when I returned to Rome I was still not 100 percent and still feeling sick. I went to the hospital, where they did an analysis. They think I contracted something from tuna fish. This was the only thing I ate the week before when I left Miami and also the week in Germany. So they think it was a sickness from the fish, which led to a bad stomach virus. The toxin levels are still high and I am still recovering now … Please believe me that I (was) hurt more than you by this … I promise I won’t eat tuna fish anymore. I took a good beating from this.”

Sakara is hoping to return to the Octagon in February or March. He’s keeping himself in shape so he’ll be ready to go at a moment’s notice. Meanwhile, Rivera appears to have moved on to bigger and better things, with an expected contest against Michael Bisping at UFC 127.

“This is just another part of my life,” explains the stoic Legionarius. “If I do not suffer, I will not be content.”

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DaltonSwayze- November 29, 2010 at 6:18 am
Netflix has Troll 2 available for immediate streaming.

I only like popcorn.

You just have to add heat
MoTropolis- November 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm
@Kimbos

Thats wild man, I just finished watching a documentary about that movie made by the kid who played Joshua. Its called "Best Worst Movie", and just as I suspected, the one truly batshit crazy person from that cast is the one that played the mother. If anyone here hasnt seen "Troll 2", stop everything and anything you are doing and see this movie. A woman seduces a male teen with a cob of corn. If that doesnt make you want to see it, you're a racist.
8MilesHigh- November 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm
TKO by Tuna
tjbaron- November 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm
OK, so I actually haven't watched this video but every time I see a headline to a story about some video with some fighter trying to explain his situation and how we should believe him, blah blah, I just can't help but think "WHO CARES?!"

No disrespect to Sakara, I like him, he's a badass, but tuna? Fine, whatever, who cares, it's over, the fight didn't happen and prob never will. From now on, a fighter should give just a short and sweet "Im injured/Im sick" statement and be done with it.
Kimbos Bread- November 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm
They're eating her... and then they're going to eat me... OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!
rockhuddy- November 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm
Why the fuck did he shave? There's his problem, all his strength vanished with his facial hair.
cecils_pupils- November 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm
I don't buy it - somethings fishy with his explanation.
MoTropolis- November 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm
@JaredB

Is that a fuckin Troll 2 reference?!?
JaredB- November 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm
Think about.....THE TOXINS! Think about....THE CHOLESTEROL!
Kimbos Bread- November 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm
There was a really sleezy girl in high that school everyone knew as "Tuna" since she smelled a little fishy.

To me, saying Sakara got sick off "Tuna fish" and not Tuna is more reassuring as this has better prognosis since then it means he didn't get an incurable STD, and he will most likely recover back to 100%.
Kimbos Bread- November 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm
"they go together like lamb and tuna fish...."
agentsmith- November 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm
He should switch to horse meat.
atoastymonster- November 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm
The tuna from a cactus.
Sad New Yorker- November 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Balls. He's a nice guy :/
Curtis_E_Bare- November 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm
Why do people keep saying/writing "tuna fish?" Is their some other type of tuna that we might accidentally confuse with the fish version?
budsellers- November 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm
i could not sit through the video. did he say specifically that he was eating canned tuna? i mean i would be happy to eat fresh tuna sashimi(raw fish without rice) for a week or so, but assuming he was not allowed to eat mayo, or add anything to it at all, straight "chicken of the sea" out of a can would be nasty to eat for more than 1 meal.
coronaking- November 28, 2010 at 11:18 am
Holy mercury poisoning batman.
Lysol- November 28, 2010 at 10:52 am
Damn. Hope to see him back in action soon. Loser of Stann/Leben maybe?
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