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MMAnytt has exclusively been able to confirm that Brian Stann verbally confirmed that he will face Alessio Sakara somewhere on the main card
Although the placement of this fight on the Sweden card is a bit puzzling, Sakara's Italian heritage does provide a link to the European MMA scene, and these guys should also produce some fireworks for the Fuel TV audience. Stann seemed to be getting fast-tracked toward a title shot and the UFC was more than happy to put their promotional weight behind an "all-American hero", but Chael Sonnen put a stop to all of that at UFC 136 by thoroughly dominating Stann on the ground en-route to a second round submission win.
Sakara, meanwhile, will have been out of action for more than a year by the time April rolls around, with a decision loss to Chris Weidman last March (which ended a three-fight winning streak) being the last time fans saw Sakara in the Octagon. Thankfully, the UFC decided to give up on trying to book Sakara against Jorge Rivera, a match-up that fell apart three separate times due to various injuries and illnesses.
Brian "All American" Stann (11-4)
L Chael Sonnen (submission) - UFC 136
W Jorge Santiago (KO) - UFC 130
W Chris Leben (TKO) - UFC 125
Alessio "Legionarius" Sakara (15-8, 1 NC)
L Chris Weidman (unam. decision) - UFC on Versus 3
W James Irvin (TKO) - UFC on Versus1
W Thales Leites (split decision) UFC 101