(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.