Promising middleweight Chris Weidman marked his UFC debut with a dominant win over Alessio Sakara this evening at UFC On Versus 3.
In the opening round Sakara did a good job of defending the wrestler’s takedown attempts, forcing Weidman to stand and trade with him. Weidman seemed relatively happy to oblige though and threw more strikes, opening a cut above Sakara’s right eye.
While not yet firing on all cylinders with his own striking, the Italian did throw some nice combinations of punches ending with a leg kick as the round progressed, and generally had the cleaner, more precise work in the opening five minutes.
Into the second round and Weidman quickly managed to get the takedown he’d been looking for earlier. He didn’t waste any time and quickly went to work with ground and pound, opening up a nasty gash on Sakara’s forehead.
He continued on the offensive with more good work until Sakara finally managed to reverse out-of-the-blue and get back to his feet. Looking to gain some momentum of his own the Italian then put his foot on the accelerator and pressed home with more combinations, working to the head, body and legs.
It wasn’t long before Weidman was able to take the fight back to the mat though and went back to wearing down his opponent. With Sakara’s face a bloody mess by this stage the referee stopped the action to allow the doctor to check the cut. After being given the nod to continue Sakara began to work his striking again, landing more body shots, but it was too little too late to secure the round in his favor.
In the final round it’s largely all Weidman again as he manages to spend much of the round in top control, continuing to bloody the face of Sakara.
Onto the scorecards and Weidman gets the clean sweep, 30-27 on all three judges scorecards to mark an impressive UFC debut. With only five fights on his pro record Weidman has lived up to the hype and is definitely one to watch in the future as he continues to improve and develop.