Alessio Sakara’s injury-forced removal from his planned UFC 133 middleweight tilt against Jorge Rivera has forced the UFC to shuffle around some of their scheduled 185lbs. bouts.
With Sakara out against Rivera, Greek fighter Costa Philippou has been brought up from his undercard bout against Rafael Natal to face off against “El Conquistador.” A product of the Serra-Longo fight team based out of New York, Philippou sports a record of 7-2, having finished five of those fights. Philippou recently made his UFC debut, dropping a unanimous decision to Nick Catone at UFC 128 this past March.
This will mark the third time that a fight between Sakara and Rivera has been cancelled.
Though Philippou is heading up to the main card for a much more high-profile fight against Rivera, Natal won’t be left in the lurch. The UFC has found a replacement opponent for “Sapo,” signing The Ultimate Fighter 7 castmate Paul Bradley to make his UFC debut against the Brazilian fighter. Booted off of TUF 7 after suffering an outbreak of Herpes Gladiatorum which threatened to infect the rest of the cast. Fighting out of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, “The Gentleman” sports a record of 16-2 and is currently riding a three-fight winning streak.
UFC 133 goes down on August 6 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.