UFC Veteran Alessio Sakara to Headline Bellator MMA’s Next Italian Event on Dec. 1

Alessio
Sakara
will continue to anchor Bellator MMA’s expansion into
Italy when the promotion holds its next card in the European
country on Dec. 1.

The California-based organization announced Tuesday that Sakara
will face Kent
Kauppinen
at RDS Stadium in Genoa, Italy in the Bellator 211
headliner. The card will be a mixed affair, as Gabriel Varga will
defend his featherweight title against Shan Cangelosi in kickboxing
co-main event.

The card will mark Bellator’s sixth trip to Italy. The promotion
has previously traveled to Rome, Florence and Turin. Bellator 211
will air on Paramount and DAZN at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT.

According to a release, the event will be sanctioned by Federazione
Italiana Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Savate, Shoot Boxe e Sambo
(FIKBMS), which is recognized by the Italian Olympic Committee and
is affiliated with the World Association of Kickboxing
Organizations (WAKO).

“Working with a reputable federation or commission has always been
a high priority for us wherever we hold events,” said Bellator
President Scott Coker in a release. “Having FIKBMS oversight in
Italy ensures that we are continually being held to high standards
in terms of fair competition, athlete safety and other regulatory
matters. They provide both legitimacy and transparency, which are
paramount to the success of our international shows and
organization as a whole.”

Sakara, a native of Rome, has made all four of his Bellator MMA
appearances on Italian soil. Most recently, the 37-year-old
American Top Team representative scored a first-round technical
knockout against Jamie
Sloane
at Bellator 203 on July 14 in Rome. “Legionarius” is 3-1
with the promotion and 20-12 with two no contests over the course
of a career that included a 15-bout stint in the UFC.

Kauppinen enters the matchup on a two-bout skid. The Englishman
made his promotional debut at Bellator 200 on May 25, falling to
Walter
Gahadza
via second-round submission. Kauppinen owns a 10-4
career mark.



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