The second live fight on the Versus broadcast at UFC on Versus 3 is Alessio Sakara vs. Chris Weidman. Sakara enters this bout on three-fight win streak. Weidman, a Division I wrestler, is making his UFC debut. This is a middleweight bout.
The referee in charge of this bout is Gary Copeland.
ROUND 1 - Weidman opens feinting a level change and fires off a head kick that misses. Leaping left for Weidman misses the mark. Sakara fires off a combo that's blocked except for the outside leg kick. And same combo again. Head kicks misses for Weidman and a shot by Weidman is stuffed against the fence. Right hand lead lands for Weidman, but Sakara lands another hook-hook leg kick. Weidman attempts a single then transitions to a double. Then back to a single and it goes nowhere. Right hand to the body digs for Sakara. Another shot stuffed for Weidman, this time in the center of the cage. Head kick misses for Sakara.
SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Sakara.
ROUND 2 - Weidman takes center of the cage. Jab to single leg combination lands for Weidman. Now Weidman in Sakara's full guard. Weidman lands savage ground and pound including a right elbow that cuts Sakara badly over his forehead. Weidman uses the moments to pass to side control. Sakara tries to shrimp to create distance to recapture guard, but it goes nowhere. Sakara recaptures half guard and then reverses position. Weidman locks up a front head lock, then a double leg and gets the takedown. Sakara creates space and stands up. The fighters exchange leg kicks after the doctor checks Sakara's cut. Big knee by Sakara and he pushes Weidman off for distance. Beautiful shot to the liver by Sakara. And now a right hand.
SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Weidman.
ROUND 3 - Both fighters open up jabbing. Sakara driving body shots in as Weidman pulls Sakara's head down for a knee. Outside trip from a double leg lands for Weidman. Working now in side control. Weidman working moderate ground and pound, but nothing substantial. Sakara hip bumps and recaptures half guard. The referee stand them back up, a dubious call. Weidman drives Sakara into the cage and gets another takedown. Now in side control. Weidman sitting in postured half guard firing punches from a distance. Weidman struggles for an ankle pick and gets it.
SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Weidman and the fight 29-28 Weidman.
Judges score this bout 30-27 for Chris Weidman.
UFC on Versus 3 results: Chris Weidman defeats Alessio Sakara by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).