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Alessio Sakara’s ‘Flu-Like Symptoms’ Could Have Been Weight-Cut Related

(If you can’t laugh at Jorge’s smiley-face-tie-tuxedo underwear, something’s definitely wrong with you. Photo courtesy of MMA Junkie.)

Alessio Sakara has been conspicuously silent about his health since dropping out of UFC 122′s co-main event. The American Top Team fighter was slated to take on Jorge Rivera, but instead pulled out just hours before the match due to "flu-like symptoms." So what was really going on with him? British MMA journalist Gareth Davies has a theory, which he shared on MMA Live:

"I have it on good authority that 8 or 9 days before bout was due to take place; Alessio Sakara was walking around at 220 pounds. He failed to show for the fighter workouts on the Thursday in Italy. He was walking around the fight hotel looking very gaunt and ghostlike. When you take that much weigh off, that quickly, it does bring on illness sometimes and I do fear this may have happened here with Alessio Sakara. And it doesn’t do him any favors with the UFC, I can guarantee you that."

Personally, I have another theory. Sakara’s last fight was against James Irvin. Irvin, as we all know, is the most cursed MMA fighter alive. The Sandman’s Curse is so strong that it can rub off onto people he comes into contact with, even if they just graze his eye with their knuckle. The "gaunt and ghostlike" appearance is a dead giveaway. To break the curse, Sakara must collect Dracula’s remains and seal them in his castle. Again, I’m only speculating here, but that’s how it looks to me. Good luck, Roman soldier. 

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NinjaNerd8- November 20, 2010 at 2:28 am
He did and he got his win money too.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- November 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm
rivera should get show money
Smitty- November 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm
I've never had to cut weight in my life. I've learned about the pros and cons about it from being an MMA fan, and if I can quote the DOC, "This is serious business".
thebassmaster- November 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm
I remember saying at the weigh-in that he looks deathly sick... it was kinda gross
MoTropolis- November 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm
"Why don't I just say it was from an alien shoving a tracker up his ass the night before?"

Because Tito already used that excuse.
Fried Taco- November 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm
Bruce probably thought the shirt said Silverhair.
DazedNConfused- November 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm
This is just one persons opinion. From what I heard it was food related. Why don't I just say it was from an alien shoving a tracker up his ass the night before? who knows what happened, articles like this and one persons shitty opinion does nothing more than discredit someones name. This fight would have spiced up a very mediocre card, I'm hoping Sakara and Rivera get some great opponents soon.
cecils_pupils- November 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm
I am disappoint.
Gener- November 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm
@ agentsmith

C'mon... is there anything about Bruce Buffer that isn't silly?
MoTropolis- November 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm
Roman soldiers dont get stomach viruses.
Bill Jackson- November 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm
The fight was at 185. That is a lot more than 15 pounds to cut.
agentsmith- November 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm
Does anyone else think Bruce Buffer looks silly in that shirt? Dude, the suit works for you. Don't dress like you raided your son's closet.
elviradarkness- November 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Probably didnt eat for a week...he looks kind of sick and frail on the weigh in pic. 15 pounds is a lot to cut, especially leaving it to the last minute
agentsmith- November 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm
No no no, you have to BURN the bones.