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Report: Chris Leben vs. Alessio Sakara at UFC 82

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Chris Leben (17-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC), fresh off a stunning knockout of Terry Martin at UFC Fight Night 11 in September, will return to the octagon to face Alessio Sakara (12-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC 82.

Sam Caplan of fiveouncesofpain.com was the first to confirm the rumored match.

http://mmajunkie.com/2008/01/28/chris-leben-vs-alessio-sakara-at-ufc-82/

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this will be a good measuring stick for sakara at 185 pounds, if he loses his ufc days may be over, if he wins he gets a chance to see what he has against top middleweights. leben is the middleweight gatekeeper right now and he is a good one, always a tough fight and if you can beat him you are pretty good.

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not too long ago i figured lebens ufc days were through, especially after going to the ICON gym, but if he beats sakara thats 2 in a row and he might stick around. the loser of this fight is in jeopardy of being out of the ufc unless they decide to put on a show on their feet, which is likely in this matchup.

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Cool, I plan on seeing Leben knocking him out in the first or second round. I used to not care much for Leben, but it seems he has changed. He came in great shape for his last fight against Martin and showed a lot of heart. I loved that Rocky style comeback he had against Martin. He'll be ready for Sakara and will more than likely put Sakara to sleep. Dude has a tough chin and I think he will be more than ready to take on whatever Sakara has to offer him.

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This should be a sweet fight. I think Leben will probably get the knockout in the second.

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Sakara doesn't impress me anymore. At one time I thought he was going to be a great fighter, maybe even hold the title..... but lately I feel that he is just a loose string ready to be throw to the wind.

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I think leben might try to use some g'n'p in this fight. Not sure if itd be to smart of an idea for leben to trade with sakara since his stand up isnt exacly polished. Whos chris training with nowdays anyways? Randy?

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yeah this should be a good slug fest imo.. and a good test for the both of them.. @ this point i would have to go with Leben getting a ko/tko..

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Posted by Aaronno9

I think leben might try to use some g'n'p in this fight. Not sure if itd be to smart of an idea for leben to trade with sakara since his stand up isnt exacly polished. Whos chris training with nowdays anyways? Randy?



I think it should be the other ay around, it wouldn't be smart for Sakara to trade with Leben. Ima take Leben 2nd rd. TKO.

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Leben was a different fighter in his last fight.
I mean he was top shape and it was easy to see that he was much more prepare that before.

Even if i think he was losing the fight before his 1 punch KO, i think he proved to have changed a lot of thing in his live.

Sakara's last fight was bizarre, Lee hurt his back in a relentless takedown attempt and after that he almost tap himself out.

I think Sakara will be better at 185 but i also think that Leben will be more than ready and he will finish Sakara on the ground.

Leben rd 2 TKO.

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Man when I seen Sakara fight Faircloth i thought we were in for a lot of KO's from Alessio but then he had that fight with mcfedries and never fought the same although he looked nice against Lee, Leben has improved drastically and i dont see him losing this one

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Posted by tuvok500

Leben was a different fighter in his last fight.
I mean he was top shape and it was easy to see that he was much more prepare that before.

Even if i think he was losing the fight before his 1 punch KO, i think he proved to have changed a lot of thing in his live.

Sakara's last fight was bizarre, 1 jab and the guy is out !!??
It was not the kicks in the legs who roll Robinson's eyes for sure !!

I think Sakara will be better at 185 but i also think that Leben will be more than ready and he will finish Sakara on the ground.

Leben rd 2 TKO.




uhm i believe you're mistaken, sakara fought james lee who tore a muscle (speculation) and antoni hardonk layed some knees and a jab on colin robinson for the KO.

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Sakara probably has heavier hands at 185 than Leben however Leben has an iron jaw with the exception of the Silva fight which anybody would have gotten KO"D from those knees. If it goes to the later rounds I see Leben getting the KO. I can't remember Sakara ever going past the first round.

Leben Round 2 KO

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Posted by tuvok500

Leben was a different fighter in his last fight.
I mean he was top shape and it was easy to see that he was much more prepare that before.

Even if i think he was losing the fight before his 1 punch KO, i think he proved to have changed a lot of thing in his live.

Sakara's last fight was bizarre, 1 jab and the guy is out !!??
It was not the kicks in the legs who roll Robinson's eyes for sure !!

I think Sakara will be better at 185 but i also think that Leben will be more than ready and he will finish Sakara on the ground.

Leben rd 2 TKO.




uhm i believe you're mistaken, sakara fought james lee who tore a muscle (speculation) and antoni hardonk layed some knees and a jab on colin robinson for the KO.



I think your mistaken as well. Hardonk landed some brutal leg kicks, Colin tried to get up and his knee buckled, causing the ref to stop the fight.

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Posted by loller90278


Posted by tuvok500

Leben was a different fighter in his last fight.
I mean he was top shape and it was easy to see that he was much more prepare that before.

Even if i think he was losing the fight before his 1 punch KO, i think he proved to have changed a lot of thing in his live.

Sakara's last fight was bizarre, 1 jab and the guy is out !!??
It was not the kicks in the legs who roll Robinson's eyes for sure !!

I think Sakara will be better at 185 but i also think that Leben will be more than ready and he will finish Sakara on the ground.

Leben rd 2 TKO.




uhm i believe you're mistaken, sakara fought james lee who tore a muscle (speculation) and antoni hardonk layed some knees and a jab on colin robinson for the KO.



LOL !!

Yeah, i swiched fighters in my head but the point will be the same because Lee hurted his back and almost tap himself out after that.

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