UFC 122 took a big hit when it was revealed at the last minute that co-main event fighter Alessio Sakara would be forced off of the card due to illness. Sakara was expected to face Jorge Rivera in support of Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami’s main event bout. The fight–which would have been Sakara’s first in a co-main event–was scrapped and replaced by a bout between Dennis Siver and Andre Winner. Sakara recently released a video blog detailing his remorse at having to withdraw from the bout and explaining the illness which forced him to do so. (Props to CagePotato for the find)
“Between vomiting, fever and sweating, I couldn’t hold down my liquids to gain back my weight (after the cut),” said Sakara. “(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 …’
The Italian fighter revealed that doctor’s believe his flu-like symptoms were the result of bad tuna fish, which he consumed in quantity leading up to the fight.
“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.”