MMAjunkie.com confirmed with sources close to the situation that “Hurricane” will replace the injured Jorge Rivera and meet the Italian inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Harris owns an impressive 17-2 professional record and is quickly making a name for himself inside the Octagon … literally. This contest marks Harris’ fourth fight in 2010. Not only is he perfect through his last 10 scraps, he’s also pocketed two explosive Fight Night bonuses in three UFC outings.
Although Sakara holds a respectable 15-7 record, the veteran has posted a mundane 6-4 mark for the world’s premier mixed martial arts show. However, he is currently riding a four-fight winning streak and was last seen putting James Irivin down at “UFC on Versus 1” this past March.
Rivera was forced to withdraw from the matchup due to a broken arm. He is hoping for a return later this fall.
The Rivera/Sakara contest was slated to air live on Spike TV, however it is unknown whether the Harris/Sakara bout will retain the “UFC Prelims” spot.
Here’s how the revamped fight card shapes out:
Amilcar Alves vs. Mike Pierce
Nick Osipczak vs Greg Soto
Phil Baroni vs. John Salter
Andre Winner vs. Nik Lentz
(Spike TV 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Alessio Sakara vs. Gerald Harris
Joe Lauzon vs. Terry Etim
Nate Diaz vs. Marcus Davis
Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares
Gray Maynard vs. Kenny Florian
James Toney vs. Randy Couture
BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)