If you're a fan of fights likely to turn into a slugfest, then this announcement is for you. Englishman Tom Watson will have a partisan crowd behind him as he fights middleweight veteran Alessio Sakara at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Munoz on October 26th.
Sakara (19-10, 1 NC) hasn't won a fight since 2010, when he TKO'd the skeletal costume known as middleweight James Irvin. Since then, Sakara has either been injured or losing fights. The 31-year-old lost to Chris Weidman by decision, Brian Stann by KO, and then was DQ'd against Patrick Cote when he hit Cote with multiple shots to the back of the head.
Watson (16-6) is coming off a decision loss to Thales Leites (who Sakara beat in 2009) at UFC 163 in Brazil. The BAMMA middleweight champion does have a FOTN and KOTN performance vs. Stanislav Nedkov under his belt, but otherwise his UFC record stands just 1-2.
UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Munoz airs live on Fox Sports 2 (formerly FUEL TV) in Manchester, England. In addition to the Michael Bisping/Mark Munoz main event, Ross Pearson fights Melvin Guillard in the co-main event, and John Lineker battles Phil Harris in the flyweight division.