The revolving door of Mixed Martial Artists scheduled to compete on August 6 at UFC 133 turned once again after it was announced striker Alessio Sakara was forced to pull out of a scheduled match-up with Jorge Rivera due to a knee injury he suffered while training for the fight. Today’s news not only marks another adjustment to the injury-plagued lineup but the third time Rivera vs. Sakara has been scrapped for health-related reasons (the other two times being at UFC 118 and UFC 122).
However, though Sakara is sidelined, “El Conquistador” will still see action in Philadelphia as the UFC has revealed 7-2 Constantinos Philippou agreed to fill the vacancy created by the American Top Team product’s absence. Philippou lost in his Octagon debut earlier this year but compiled five finishes in seven wins prior to the bout.
Rivera hasn’t fought since falling in a grudge match against Michael Bisping this past February. The long-time UFC veteran had won four of five entering their semi-controversial scrap including strike-based stoppages against Kendall Grove and Nate Quarry.
UFC 133 has seen a record number of changes to the card with the main event even undergoing a facelift when injured light heavyweight Phil Davis was replaced by divisional icon Tito Ortiz against Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Rashad Evans.
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