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Alessio Sakara vs. James Irvin Promoted to ‘Vera vs. Jones’ Main Card


(Alessio Sakara turns Thales Leites‘s face all doofy at UFC 101.)

After a few weeks of thumb-twiddling, the UFC has finally decided that the previously announced fight between Alessio Sakara and James "Most Cursed Fighter in MMA History" Irvin will kick off the UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones broadcast next Sunday (3/21) on Versus. The middleweight contest was originally slated for the prelims, but the card’s lineup shifted a bit after Sean Sherk and Anthony Johnson pulled out due to injuries. Sakara is riding back-to-back victories over Joe Vedepo and Thales Leites, but hasn’t competed since last August, while Irvin hasn’t been inside the Octagon since his KO loss to Anderson Silva in July 2008. The current lineup of "UFC on Versus" looks like this…

MAIN CARD
Brandon Vera vs. Jon Jones (LHW)
Junior dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (HW)
Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello (HW)
Alessio Sakara vs. James Irvin (MW)

PRELIMINARY CARD
Clay Guida vs. Shannon Gugerty (LW)
Eliot Marshall vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (LHW)
John Howard vs. Daniel Roberts (WW)
Brendan Schaub vs. Chase Gormley (HW)
Mike Pierce vs. Julio Paulino (WW)
Eric Schafer vs. Jason Brilz (LHW)

After the jump: Kongo vs. Buentello video hype, plus a list of international TV stations showing the event courtesy of MMA Junkie.



(Props: YouTube.com/UFC)

Check your local listings, foreign people, as not all of the following stations may be showing "Vera vs. Jones" live…

Australia – FUEL TV
Brazil – Sport TV
Canada – Rogers Sportsnet
Croatia – Nova (website only)
Denmark – Canal 9
Germany – DSF
Israel – Ego TV
Mexico – Televisa
North Africa/Middle East – Showtime Arabia
Phillippines – Balls
South Korea – IB Sports
Sweden – TV4 Sport
Thailand – TrueVisions
U.K. – ESPN

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Phattousai- March 10, 2010 at 8:25 am
People don't use the word "doofy" enough. Thanks, Ben!
robthom- March 10, 2010 at 6:53 am
At least they're evenly matched.

That makes a much more entertaining fight than either of them against someone legit.

(Cough,pridefedor,Ahem)
Zee German- March 10, 2010 at 1:14 am
Since when is James Irvin fighting at MW? Did I miss something? Great card. Can't watch it for free on German DSF though, you know why? Because the whole show is overdubbed by two total assclowns, it's unbearable. How the hell do TV execs come up with that shit?
JohnS- March 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm
Is it me or does it look like someone photo shopped Pres. Obama's head on Thales body?
NECROPHYTE- March 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm
"Balls TV" lol
Yeti Stomp- March 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm
Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello - it's nice of them to predesignate the time during the event that I'm going to step away and have a big, steamy, toxic dump.

Nobody gives a rat's ass about either of these two chumps. How the hell do a coupla cans like this achieve status on the main card? Whoever put Clay Guida's match on the undercard and this one on the main needs to be shot with a ball of his own shit.

Buentello was relevant seven years ago, and Kongo never was, so WTF?
DazedNConfused- March 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm
Kickass card! can't wait
sevvi- March 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm
Second.
Dante- March 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm
Robots is so wrong that he needs to be banned.
Robots- March 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm
Brandon Vera is boring, hopefully Jon Jones decapitates him.
RockSteady- March 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm
I kinda wish the whole fight card was televised; I mean, it's on Versus, what else are they gonna show? Bullriding?
Swedish- March 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm
Badass card... best free card EVER. Care to argue this point?
Versus Vs IndirectTV- March 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm
Houston! Alexander! Is for reeal!
Sakuraba3900- March 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm
Filipinos watch Balls hehehehe
ReX13- March 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm
Agreed. That's a whole lot of whup-ass.
superflat- March 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm
Also, Guida on the undercard? What else could you want from basic cable?
superflat- March 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm
First off, this is a fantastic free card. It's almost entirely comprised of knockout fighters, and headlined by two PPV level fighters -- future main event fighters at that.

Putting the Irvin fight first makes sense, as it's likely to be explosive. I am a bit surprised that the Dos Santos fight is playing second fiddle to Vera/Jon Jones, simply because they're fairly comparable in terms of talent but one's heavyweight.
sevvi- March 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm
Decent enough card. I will be watching for sure.. Not like i have anything better to do at 4 in the night.
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