There are certain fights that are easy to envision before the action ever unfolds inside a cage. One such bout is this weekend’s scrap between middleweights Brian Stann and Alessio Sakara at UFC on Fuel 2. While it’s hard to pick a definite winner, one thing that’s for certain is the likelihood of the match-up resulting in a good, old fashioned brawl.
Stann and Sakara are both strikers by trade with seventeen strike-based stoppages in their combined 26 victories including those against opponents such as Chris Leben, James Irvin, and Jorge Santiago.
Sakara recently spoke about his upcoming clash with Stann where he agreed the fight’s forecast calls for fisticuffs and almost certainly a finishing performance.
“My fight with Stann will be good. I like his style it is very similar to mine and he is a very tough guy,” said the 30-year old Sakara in an interview with MMAFrenzy. “I never like to make predictions before. This fight will be a war and it’ll more than likely end before it can go to a decision. We both want to knock each other out and we both have the striking and the power to do so. It will be a great fight for the fans.”
The 15-8 “Legionarius” is also excited about being able to entertain his fellow Europeans based on his Italian heritage, hoping to one day see the Octagon show up even closer to his home base.
“This will be a very fun fight for UFC fans and I am very happy to be fighting in Sweden because it is very close to Italy. For the first time I will have a lot of my friends and family watching me fight live,” explained Sakara.
I would love that; the fans over there would go crazy,” he continued on his support group, turning talk towards his proverbial backyard. “It would be my dream to have the UFC come to Italy. My fans and family would be there rooting for me and I would love for everyone to see how beautiful Italy is. I want everyone to come and visit Rome. It is the home of the Gladiators.”
Fans can catch Stann vs. Sakara this Saturday when the main card broadcast starts up on Fuel TV at 3:00 PM EST. Prelims begin a few hours earlier and can be found streaming through Facebook. The card is headlined by a light heavyweight tilt between rising star Alexander Gustafsson and returning contender Thiago Silva.
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