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Bellator Announces Italy Event, Signs Sakara

Alessio Sakara
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Bellator has officially announced its plans to co-host an event in Italy in 2016, the promotion announced Friday.

The Viacom-led mixed martial arts promotion will host the event at the Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy on April 16 in conjunction with Oktagon Kickboxing. Like Bellator’s Dynamite event in September, this is event will consist of both mixed martial arts and kickboxing.

 

“We are very excited to be working side by side with my friend Carlo Di Blasi [of Oktagon Kickboxing] and his team,” Coker said in the press release. “Carlo is a great ally, and someone who I admire for all of the amazing work he has done in combat sports throughout Europe over the past twenty years. We look forward to putting on an amazing show for the Italian people, and fans tuning in from around the world when we combine our efforts on April 16 in Torino.”

What’s more, Bellator has signed UFC veteran Alessio Sakara. Born in Rome, Italy, Sakara has not been officially confirmed for the event, but is expected to debut for the promotion in his home country.

Sakara last fought in September, defeating Dib Akil via first-round TKO at Final Fight Championship 19. He last competed for the UFC in October 2013, losing in a first-round armbar against Nicholas Musoke at UFC Fight Night 30. Sakara went 6-8 with one no contest in his 15 appearances inside the Octagon, defeating the likes of Thales Leites and James Irvin.

A longtime middleweight in the UFC, Sakara returned to the 205-pound division last year.

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