Rafael “Sapo” Natal Out of UFC on Versus 3 Fight Against Alessio Sakara

February 12, 2011

If Alessio Sakara is going to fight at UFC on Versus 3, it will be against a third opponent, since he was first slotted on the March 3 card.

Renzo Gracie fighter Rafael “Sapo” Natal has been forced off the UFC on Versus 3 card against Sakara due to a knee injury suffered in training.

Sources close to the fighter confirmed his status with MMAWeekly.com on Saturday. Versus.com first reported the change.

Natal was already a replacement for original opponent Maiquel Falcao, who had to drop out of the bout due to injury.  Natal apparently suffered a knee injury while training for the Sakara bout. There’s been no timetable set for his return to action.

Sakara has been out of action since March 2010 when he defeated James Irvin. He has been set to fight a couple of times since then, but his own injuries and illness have kept him out of action.

There’s been no word of a possible replacement for Natal on the UFC on Versus 3 fight card.