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Nate Marquardt vs. Alessio Sakara scrapped from UFC 116

A previously expected middleweight showdown at UFC 116 between Nate Marquardt and Alessio Sakara has been cancelled.

The news comes courtesy of, who relayed the information that Sakara’s father had recently passed away, causing Alessio to pull out of the fight.

Marquardt is currently expected to remain a part of UFC 116, although no opponent has been announced as of this time.

Sakara would have been entering the bout on a three-fight win streak, while Marquardt was hoping to bounce back into the win column on the heels of a recent lopsided unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Chael Sonnen.

UFC 116 will take place on July 3 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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