It seems as though UFC president Dana White and Co. were in a giving mood yesterday following “UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami.” The Octagon’s vocal leader said both Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara would still get paid even though their bout was scrapped at the 11th hour.
“Do we not take care of guys?” White asked MMAJunkie. “Jorge actually got both (his show money and win bonus).”
The middleweights were expected to flank the night’s main event, but “flu-like symptoms” suffered by Sakara forced him to reluctantly bow out. Unfortunately, his exit left the night’s card with only 10 bouts.
White’s generosity towards Sakara was due in part to the Italian’s intent and willingness to compete despite his condition.
Just hours before he was to take the stage, an Octagon source told FightersOnly, Sakara “woke up sick, with nausea and flu-like symptoms. He saw a doctor and he was really ill. He came to the arena anyway and was going to fight, but his symptoms came back in a big way and he is too sick to fight.”
Rivera was looking to notch his fourth consecutive win before his itinerary was abruptly changed. White claimed the Massachusetts native won’t have to wait long to step back into the Octagon.
“I know how hard Jorge trained for this fight (and how he) was so pumped at the weigh-ins, but we’re doing so many fights,” added White. “I’m sure we’ll pop him into a fight real quick and get him going again.”