Though Alessio Sakara defeated James Irvin at UFC on Versus 1 last month, much of the credit, or blame, was given to Irvin's inability to make a smooth transition to 185.â†µ
But "Legionarious" ain't having that.
In speaking to MMAmania.com, the Italian middleweight fighter shared his opinion on the fight, and why he feels as though people aren't giving him enough credit for the win.â†µ
"It's an important victory and another step forward in my career, but obviously I was a little disappointed because, as everybody knows, I'm always looking for a knockout in my fights... Maybe cutting weight was a little hard for Irvin because it was his first time at 185, but we have to drop the same weight. You think he's the only one who had a hard time because of the scale? The day of the weigh-in, I lost 9 lbs. If you look at my video blog I was struggling to talk! I don't wanna be disrespectful, James Irvin is a nice guy, but in my opinion he seemed slow and stiff as his usual. I just got in the cage with the best strategy."â†µ
The guy does have a point. Not many people gave props to Sakara after the fight and instead put all the blame on Irvin. But that's three wins in a row now for Alessio, and as he states in the interview, a match up with British striker Michael Bisping is what he's eyeing next.â†µ
But whoever is placed in front of him, "Legionarious" seems determined to put on a show.