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http://mmajunkie.com/news/18993/jor...ra-targeted-for-augusts-ufc-118-in-boston.mma

What an awesome matchup! Great stand up war ime an fan of both fighters!!! suprised rivera is not in the game :(

UFC middleweight Jorge Rivera (18-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC) told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in March that he shouldn't even have to ask to fight at UFC 118, the promotion's first trip to Boston.

Apparently, he didn't.

MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the promotion that the Massachusetts resident and Italian slugger Alessio Sakara (15-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at the event.

Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.

While not yet officially announced by the organization, UFC 118 is expected to take place on Aug. 28 at Boston's TD Garden.

While Rivera earned just moderate success in building a 5-5 record in his first 10 UFC bouts, "El Conquistador" has undergone a resurgence as of late with three-straight UFC wins.

After edging out Nissen Osterneck by split decision in April 2009, Rivera has since earned two straight TKO victories. The 38-year-old stopped Rob Kimmons at UFC 104 in October 2009 and destroyed Nate Quarry at UFC Fight Night 21 in March.

Meanwhile, Sakara also seeks his fourth-straight win. After battling through a rough 1-3 stretch in the UFC in 2007, Sakara has scored knockout wins over Joe Vedepo and James Irvin and a split-decision victory over Thales Leites.

Sakara had been expected to face Nate Marquardt at UFC 116, but the Italian was forced to withdraw after the passing of his father.
 

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Better fight for Sakara, the UFC make some strange matchups at times and Sakara vs Marquardt was one of them.

I think Sakara beats Rivera with fast hands, TKO in the 2nd.
 

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this one should be a barn burner. im going with jorge. i really hope he gets day in the sun because hes such a likable and typically scrappy fighter. i like sakara as well but damn it jorge is one of the good guys and i hope he pulls it off. i love it when the ufc gives jorge fights they dont think he'll win and he pulls it off. hes one of the older guys that can still scrap.

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I applaud JS for this matchup. I'll be gunning for Jorge, but guaranteed fireworks.
 
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