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Alessio Sakara Takes His Love of Body Art, Italian History Very Seriously

(Sakara will do absolutely anything to land this amateur modeling gig, you guys. Any. Thing. Props:

The prevailing public opinion on Alessio Sakara has long been: Mediocre fighter, world class tattoos. Hell, even Jorge Rivera – who will fight him this Saturday at UFC 122 – admitted in interviews this week that he thinks Sakara has the best ink in MMA. With a middling 6-4 record in the Octagon (with one hard-earned no contest after Ron Faircloth kicked him in the balls at UFC 55)  it’s even been suggested (OK, maybe just by me, but whatever) that the UFC’s rationale for giving him second chance after second chance has more to do with his wicked physical appearance than his actual fighting ability.

One glance at Sakara tells you he’s proud of his Italian heritage, but we had no idea exactly how into it he was until we got a load of his interview with Fighters Only this week. Turns out, not only does Sakara actually consider himself a modern day “solider of Rome” (his words), but he named his sons Leonidas and Marcus Valerian … which is not quite as weird as naming all your sons “Rampage,” but still. That’s dedication, people. Dedication to a proud history that ended in about 476 AD.

“SPQR I have on my body!” Sakara says, referencing the ‘Senatus Populusque Romanus’ tattoo on his forearm that marks him as solider for the Roman Empire. “I like Roman history very much, and Greek history. I read a lot of books. (My favorite period) varies a lot. I like Julius Caesar and Marcus Aurelius. Everything in Rome, every period is good for me. I like the Spartan culture too, very much … It is because my name Sakara is an old name in the Roman Empire, in the south. For this I put the nickname Legionarus, which means a soldier in the Roman Empire. I am a soldier for Rome now — I fight around the world, I fight for Rome and for Italy.”

Like we said, it’s a great gimmick but the way Sakara fights makes it seem like the Romans might have been hell on the Carthaginians, but not much for the ground game. At this point, it’d be nice if the “Legnionarius” could make his bones with a few signature wins in the cage. On that topic, Sakara himself has an idea: He’s publically challenged Michael Bisping to a fight at a UFC event (where else?) in Rome. Don’t know about you, but that’s an idea I could really get behind.
“I have nothing (against) Bisping, only that he is a good fighter,” Sakara says. “I said this only because Italy versus England in soccer is very good every time, very exciting for the fans. In Italy there is a lot of (MMA) fans, a lot of fans. They have small events but the problem is there is no big good company and there is no respect for fighters because we do not have the culture of this sport. But if the UFC comes to Rome I have a lot of support from the people because I have a lot of fans in my city.”

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Kicktothegroin- November 12, 2010 at 9:24 am
I think Sakara should be added to the cast on the next season's Jersey Shore .. then maybe he will see how far the Italian people have come from the days of Rome. And hopefully beat the Situation into a living death.
dranokills- November 12, 2010 at 1:48 am
Sakara you are dumbass, you cover yourself in the past and try to live like something from a by gone day. It isn't anymore stupid than grown men dressing like old west cowboys I guess, and I can see how a toga party every now and then is cool, but when you think your modern day ass is anything like some 1000 year old culture, you have issues.
Of course if you are some ass-raping pedophile who believes he is a GOD.....geee who wouldn't want to emulate that, right?
Jesus Frijoles- November 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm
Roman warrior huh? If he follow more recent history, he would beat up on some poor Ethiopian, then get his ass handed to him by first a British guy and then and American. This would prompt him to go home, hang his trainer/leader Il Duce by a street lamp, switch sides and join the American or British guys camp.
narsilxanduril- November 11, 2010 at 2:01 pm
leonidas is indeed a greek name. there is a strain of thought in ancient roman culture where they sort of saw themselves as the inheritors of ancient greece's cultural tradition though (ancient roman education consisted of learning homer, greek tragedies etc.)
Elentius- November 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Leonidas from Sparta? I thought that was Greek not Italian. He looks like he embraces the gheyness that was ancient Rome though.
El Famous Burrito- November 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Its-a me, Alessio Sakara! I'm-a here to shut uppa you mouth.
C-Bus Allstar- November 11, 2010 at 11:54 am
I had something rather witty and profound to say, then I saw the first commentator's name "Fried Taco" and then all I could think about was Fried Tacos from Jack in the Box and how horribly fucking disgusting they are... Damn.
agentsmith- November 11, 2010 at 11:39 am
Too bad Kamal "Prince of Persia" Shalorus fights at 155, or that would make a sweet nationalistic grudge match.
cecils_pupils- November 11, 2010 at 11:15 am
Sakara has a bit part in the next Dan Brown movie "The Da Vinci Code - Revenge of the Illuminati". Tom Hanks' character finds a valuable clue to an encrypted message in Alessio's chest ink.
ProtectYaNeck- November 11, 2010 at 11:14 am
his roman warrior mistique is raising his stock in the eyes of superior opponents and upper level management.
omunto- November 11, 2010 at 11:12 am
I'll take Ezio Auditore da Firenze over Sakara...
Viva Hate- November 11, 2010 at 10:49 am
Hopefully Sakara will be playing the role of Julius Caesar and Jorge Rivera plays the role of Marcus Brutus against his career, "Y tu, Brute?" or should I say "Y tu, Jorge?" The end.
BalkanToni- November 11, 2010 at 10:43 am
Sono Pazzi Questi Romani! HA!
Fried Taco- November 11, 2010 at 10:34 am
Shows how smart I am, I though Sakara was a Japanese name.