by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Just days after a middleweight match-up between Nate Marquardt and Alessio Sakara was confirmed for UFC 116 in Las Vegas, it was canceled just as quickly.

MMAWeekly.com confirmed with sources close to the fight that the bout had been called off, and a report from F4Wonline.com states that Sakara’s father has passed away and the Italian born fighter will not be able to compete in the July fight.

There’s been no official word about a replacement opponent for Marquardt, but all signs point to the Colorado based fighter staying on the same card with a different match-up.

Sakara was stepping into the bout at UFC 116 on a 3-fight win streak, including a TKO in his last fight against James Irvin at the UFC on Versus show in March.

As for Marquardt, he’ll be looking to get back on the winning track after he was derailed in his last fight against Chael Sonnen, losing a unanimous decision to the Team Quest fighter.

MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Marquardt’s next fight as it becomes available.