Round 1 - Weidman looks for a kick, but Sakara avoids it. Weidman charges in with a left but trips and nearly falls. Sakara then snaps off a low kick. Weidman looks a little overly anxious. Sakara tags him with another low kick, and Weidman answers with one of his own. Weidman misses on a combo but gets the low kick. Weidman answers with another and then clinches and puts Sakara against the cage, but the Italian skirts away. Weidman lands a nice jab and then another low kick. Weidman is head hutting, but Sakara fires back. Weidman shoots for a single leg and pins Sakara against the cage. He wants the takedown, but Sakara fights it off. Weidman breaks off with an elbow that just misses. The fighters trade heavy blows, but nothing substantial, though Sakara has some facial bleeding. Weidman shoots, but Sakara sprawls free. The fighters look for lunging shots. Weidman closes distance with punches but gives up on the takedown. It's a close first round, but MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Weidman due to the aggression.
Round 2 - Weidman stalks, but Sakara keeps him at bay with punches. Weidman shoots and gets the single leg, controls the ankles and then moves into full guard. The punches from top are only sporadic for Weidman, but his elbows soon do damage. He then postures up and delivers a punch and moves into side control. Weidman opens another facial cut, and the blood is oozing. Weidman looks for the crucifix position but can't secure it. Weidman drops more short elbows and then punches. Sakara's face now looks like hamburger meat. Sakara tries to roll free, but Weidman covers him and moves into half guard. Sakara, though, finally escapes and batters Weidman with punches. Sakara, though, closes the distance, dips and gets the takedown. Sakara is quickly back up, and the ref calls for time to have the cuts checked. Sakara wipes the blood on the ref's arm, which gets a rise out of the crowd. The doctor quickly clears him, and we're underway again. Sakara works jabs, and Weidman answers with his own. Weidman clinches and then breaks it with a knee to the gut. Weidman takes a quick combo of body shots but shakes it off. Sakara, though, lands another. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Weidman, though Sakara still has plenty left.
Round 3 - Sakara works the jab, but Weidman grabs a clinch and fires off a couple quick knees. Weidman shoots and gets the takedown. Weidman moves into side control and works short punches. Sakara avoids most of the damage, and the pace slows. Weidman works annoying forearm strikes to the face. He then moves into half guard and looks for a choke from the top. With no openings, he returns to forearm strikes and then hops back into side control. The ref unwisely calls for a standup. The fighters trade punches before Weidman shoots and gets another takedown. Weidman works from side control but ends up back in half guard. Weidman looks for opening, but Sakara deflects most of the ground and pound before hopping ack to his feet. Weidman, though, gets a final drag-takedown and closes out the round there with some final punches. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Weidman and 30-27 overall. Chris Weidman def. Alessio Sakara via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)