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Alessio Sakara Withdraws from UFC 116 Matchup with Nate Marquardt

Alessio SakaraResurgent middleweight Alessio Sakara has withdrawn from his rumored matchup with 185-pound contender Nate Marquardt that had been scheduled for UFC 116 on July 3 in Las Vegas following the death of his father, reports Wrestling Observer.

Marquardt is expected to remain on the UFC 116 card, though a replacement opponent has not yet been confirmed.

Following a 3-4 start to his UFC career, the former light heavyweight Sakara (15-7) has won three-straight over Joe Vedepo, Leites, and most-recently James Irvin at UFC on Versus 1 in March.

After suffering a controversial split decision loss to Thales Leites in mid-2008, Marquardt (29-9-2) worked his way back into contention with three-straight wins, including a 21-second knockout of Demian Maia in August, but dropped a unanimous decision to upcoming title challenger Chael Sonnen in February.

UFC 116 is headlined by the anticipated return of heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar vs. interim title-holder Shane Carwin, and is expected to be co-headlined by Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.

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