Chris Weidman took his fight with Alessio Sakara four weeks notice, but it didn’t matter, as he took the unanimous decision at UFC on Versus: Sanchez vs. Kampmann on Saturday night.
The “All-American,” Weidman, beat up his opponent with some impressive ground-and-pound, cutting up Sakara’s face in the process.
Weidman and Sakara started out with little action in the first minute. Saraka worked a nice combo, switching from punches and finishing with a kick, but his opponent did well covering up. Halfway through the round, Weidman worked to try and get a double-leg takedown, but was unable to get Sakara down to the canvas. A cut opened up on Saraka’s right eye and he started to take more shots to the face in the final minute. Though he did a good job keeping the fight standing, Sakara’s cut was bloody as can be as the round ended.
Round two started with Weidman scoring a single-leg takedown and getting into Saraka’s guard. From there, he worked to defend himself, but Weidman kept the pressure on with the ground-and-pound, opening up Sakara’s cut even more. Weidman worked his way to side control and hit the Italian fighter with short shots for a decent amount of time. From there, Sakara was able to get the fight standing again and even turned up the offense a bit, throwing some impressive power shots.
At just over a minute to go in the round, the referee, Gary Copeland, called time for the doctor to check Sakara’s cut, but all was fine and he deemed the fighter able to continue. After the break, Sakara turned it up again and threw some accurate power shots to the end of the round.
The final round had Sakara continuing the power shots, especially to the body. Weidman, however, tripped up his opponent and scored a takedown, getting into half guard. From here, Weidman deployed short strikes and controlled his opponnent. The referee stood them up at about two minutes to go, but Weidman was able to execute another takedown and went into side control. Though he transitioned from side control to half guard, Weidman was able control Sakara for an extended amount of time. The round ended with Weidman in his opponent’s half guard and it was in the hands of the judges.
The unanimous decision went to Chris Weidman with scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
After the win, Weidman stood with Joe Rogan and explained that he was very grateful for the chance to come into Louisville and perform at the KFC Yum! Center.
“I’m so happy,” said a victorious Weidman. “I want to thank the UFC for the opportunity.”
The fight with Sakara was Weidman’s UFC debut and it extended his perfect record to 5-0, after competing in Ring of Combat in all of his previous fights. Sakara losses his first fight in four outings and it was the first time he competed in the UFC for nearly a year.