Victory for Patrick Cote at UFC Prelims after Illegal Alessio Sakara Moves
The results of Alessio Sakara and Patrick Cote’s fight at UFC 154 “St. Pierre vs. Condit” are in. Illegal hammerfists to the back of Cote’s head disqualified Sakara on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The most controversial fight ended in just 86 seconds of round one.
Cote was observed to pull out dirty boxing tactics on the start of the round but he was pinned to the cage by Sakara. The later began to finish off Cote with a pair of standing elbows and a right hand but Cote did a desperate move that helped him get out, he dived at Sakara’s legs in a futile attempt. Sakara realized this and began to strike Cote’s head with hammerfists which automatically led to his disqualification.
Cote was interviewed after the match and he mentioned: “I was expecting a war with Alessio and that’s exactly what he gave me.” Cote added: “But listen, there are rules for a reason. I wanted to give you the best show possible. If Sakara wants to fight me again, I’ll take him. We’re going to give you the best show possible.”
Sakara on the other hand was very apologetic about his move. “I already felt like he was out when I was throwing the elbows. When [Cote] went down, [the illegal shots] were not intentional. I didn’t have any intention to hit him [in the back of the head]. It was an adrenaline time in the moment. I’m sorry to finish the fight like this. Guys, I’m not a crazy guy. I’m a sporting guy. I’m sorry.”
Patrick “The Predator” Cote is a 32 year old middleweight from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. He has 18 wins and 3 losses record since he started his professional MMA career. Before the win against Sakara, he suffered a loss from Cung Le at UFC 149 Silva versus Sonnen via unanimous decision breaking his 4 fight winning streak since April 2011.
Alessio “Legionarius” Sakara is a middleweight fighter from Rome, Lazio, Italy. He has 15 wins, 10 losses and 1 no contest in his professional MMA career. His last two fights before Cote were back to back losses against Brian Stann in UFC on Fuel TV 2 Gustafsson versus Silva in April 2012 and against Chris Weidman at UFC Live 3 Sanchez versus Kampmann in March 2011 via unanimous decision.