Preliminary Card | Middleweight · 185 lbs | MMA
Alessio Sakara defeats Joe Vedepo via KO/TKO at 1:27 of Round 1
|12-7-0||Pro Record At Fight||7-2-0|
|Climbed to 13-7||Record After Fight||Fell to 7-3|
|-136 (Slight Favorite)||Betting Odds||+111 (Near Even)|
|Miami, Florida||Fighting out of||Iowa City, Iowa|
|27 years, 1 day||Age at Fight||25 years, 8 months, 2 days|
|185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs)|
|6'0" (183cm)||Height||6'0" (183cm)|
|72.0" (183cm)||Reach||74.0" (188cm)|
|American Top Team||Gym||Team I-Core|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC Fight Night 15: Diaz vs. Neer
- Date: Wednesday 09.17.2008
- Referee: Yves Lavigne
- Venue: Omaha Civic Auditorium
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
- Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 6 of 10)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: No Broadcast
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Sakara Total Disclosed Pay: $64,000
- Vedepo Total Disclosed Pay: $3,000
Sakara vs. Vedepo Wiki Update Wiki
From 2006 through much of 2008, Alessio Sakara was an inconsistent presence in the UFC’s middleweight division. Coming off of a loss to Chris Leben in his previous fight, Sakara knew his back was against the wall when he took on newcomer Joe Vedepo on the Preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 15.
Heading into the fight, Sakara was a solid favorite over the UFC newcomer. Although he had been finished in half of his appearances inside the Octagon, it was generally thought that Sakara’s edge in experience would put him over the top. As both fighters came from striking backgrounds, this one was unlikely to go to the ground.
Both fighters began tentatively to start the fight. Sakara circled the slower Vedepo, probing his jab at his opponent in order to gauge the range. Although Vedepo was a solid prospect with an impressive physique, it soon became apparent that he was in over his head against “Legionarius.”
After provoking Vedepo to raise his arms to block a punching combination, Sakara launched a pinpoint head kick at his opponent. Although Vedepo managed to block the blow with his forearm, the shock of the impact still made its way to his head. Vedepo lost his footing and collapsed. Sakara then promptly finished him off with strikes on the ground.
After putting together a mediocre .500 record in the UFC’s middleweight division, Sakara had notched his most impressive victory yet. For his efforts, he earned Knockout of the Night honors. The finish was one of the best head kicks in MMA history.