It looks like the third time will be the charm for UFC middleweights Alessio Sakara and Jorge Rivera.
The two middleweights were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 118 last August on the undercard, however Rivera had to withdraw from the bout due to injury. The bout was rescheduled for UFC 122 last November, however was shelved again after Sakara experienced flu-like symptoms and was vomiting backstage before the fight.
“Better late than never, verbal agreements are in for what should be an action-packed match between Alessio Sakara and Jorge Rivera at UFC 133,” said UFC president Dana White today.
Sakara has toyed with UFC success since 2005, posting a 6-5-0, 1 NC in the promotion. Before his most recent loss to Chris Weidman last month, he was on a three-fight win streak with victories over Joe Vedepo, Thales Leites and James Irvin.
Rivera, a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback, has similarly skirted success in the UFC having posted a 7-6 overall promotional record. Also in similar fashion, Rivera was riding a three-fight win streak, marked by victories over Nissen Osterneck, Rob Kimmons, and Nate Quarry before falling to defeat to Michael Bisping at UFC 127 in February.
While not officially announced by the organization, UFC 133 is expected to take place on August 6, 2011 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.