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Chris Weidman came into UFC on Versus 3 as a highly touted 4-0 prospect. After dominating Alessio Sakara for three rounds to take a unanimous decision win.
Weidman held his own on the feet and utterly dominated Sakara with take downs and elbows from top control.
Weidman came out early and forced Sakara to the fence. He worked for take downs but Sakara sprawled well. Weidman landed some hard elbows standing and cut Sakara. Returning to range fighting on the feet, Weidman landed some jabs and leg kicks. Sakara shook off a final take down attempt at the end of the round.
Weidman took Sakara down quickly in the second round. After stalling in the guard for a moment, Weidman passed to side control. Weidman cut Sakara badly with a series of elbows and made him bleed badly. Weidman attempted to get the mounted crucifix but Sakara fought his arms free. Sakara thrashed his way to half guard. Sakara pulled off a beautiful sweep and stood up. Once on his feet Sakara immediately launched an aggressive striking attack but Weidman survived and quickly got him down again. The referee stopped the fight to have the doctor examine Sakara. Sakara leaned in and wiped his forehead off on the referee's shirt. The doctor cleared Sakara to return. Weidman landed punches on the feet. Sakara countered wit ha jab. Body shots from Sakara ended the round.
Weidman opened with a jab to the heavily vasalined head of Sakara. Sakara fired back to the body. Weidman landed a sweet trip take down and went straight to side mount. The elbows began again. Sakara fought his way back to his feet but was unable to land anything much before Weidman got another take down. Sakara fought his way back up after eating more elbows from side mount only to land on his back again. Weidman held up his arm after the fight ended.
Sakara came in off three straight wins and came into the fight in the top 20 in the USAT/SBNation Consensus MMARankings. Weidman entered the fight as a highly touted 4-0 prospect with a blue chip college wrestling record in the NCAA and training under BJJ master Matt Serra.