The journey of UFC 133 started off on the wrong foot. To make matters worse, it seems to be going up a blind alley now. Since its birth, the event has been showing signs of cursedness and due to continuous setbacks some fans are expecting the event to go down like a lead balloon.
Several light heavyweights have been forced to step back from the Octagon in Philadelphia because of injuries. Bad news continued to flow with the start of a new week as middleweight Jorge Rivera stated in a press release that his challenger, Alessio Sakara will not be able to face him in the featured event of the occasion, ‘The MMA Hour’.
Rivera informed in his Monday press release that Sakara had suffered a torn ACL. He further stated that his competitor will be unable to make a recovery before the showdown on 6th of August. For those who are sensing a déjà vu here let me clarify the situation by saying that this is the 3rd time the fight between Rivera and Sakara has been postponed because of injuries.
Sources have revealed that the event will not be abandoned, instead a hunt for Sakara’s replacement has been organized. Rumors have it Costantinos Phillippou might step in the Octagon against Rivera as a last-minute replacement.
For that to happen Phillippou will have to be promoted from the preliminary bouts where he is encountering Rafael Natal. Nevertheless, at this point all this is mere speculation.
Sources have also confirmed that even though The MMA Hour has come to hell and high water and the event will be less notorious without Sakara, the contest will continue with Rivera and another fighter. Insiders have also confirmed the occasion will remain as the pay-per-view portion of the revelry.
Phil Davis created a lot of hype in the event and was in contention with Rashad Evans for fame and glory of the event, but the undefeated 205-pound fighter had to back out after a knee injury. Soon after the Davis saga dimmed in media, the injury of light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko was slated as the new headline.
With fighters falling like flies, UFC 133 could actually turn into a cock and bull story. On the other hand the reaper continues to cause more havoc as Antonio Rogerio Nogueira got injured with just 3 weeks left in the contest. Due to his injury Rich Franklin was also forced out of action.
Now that the events creeps closer by the breath fans, fighters and organizers are hoping the event at The Wells Fargo Center, Pennsylvania rolls without further obstacles.
The following is the card’s roster as it stands now:
Facebook 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT
Rafael Natal vs. Costantinos Phillippou
Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan
Mike Pierce vs. Johny Hendricks
Nick Pace vs. Ivan Menjivar
Spike TV 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Rani Yahya vs. Chad Mendes
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Matt Hamill
Pay-Per-View 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Jorge Rivera vs. TBD
Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald
Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman
Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz