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Alessio Sakara’s Disqualification Loss Against Patrick Cote Stands

Written by Tom Ngo
November 25th, 2012
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While most Americans were receiving bad news that the 60″ LED Vizio television they were trying to snipe off Amazon.com for $688 on Black Friday had sold out in merely three minutes, UFC middleweight Alessio Sakara (Pictured) got some disappointing news of his own from Quebec’s La Regie des alcools des courses et des jeux that same day.

The governing body that oversees combat sports in the Canadian province declined to hear Sakara’s protest for his disqualification loss to Patrick Cote at UFC 154.

LaPress.ca first reported the board’s decision.

Sakara dropped Cote with some short elbows in the opening round of their November 17th affair. While continuing his assault on the canvas, several of the shots missed the mark and landed illegally on the back of Cote’s head.

After referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to stop the barrage, most fans thought Sakara had gotten away with his arrant strikes and would be awarded with the victory. Instead, Miragliotta decided to disqualify Sakara for his illegal punches.

Sakara’s camp immediately professed they would protest the decision. However, Quebec’s governing body states the ref can “warn a competitor, penalize by points or disqualify without prior notice” of his infraction, and that’s the bylaw they intend to stick by.

UFC president Dana White didn’t disagree with the verdict.

UFC 154 took place inside Bell Centre in Cote’s homeland of Montreal.

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