UFC on Versus 3: Chris Weidman Beats Alessio Sakara

Chris Weidman put on a clinic on the ground against Alessio Sakara at UFC on Versus 3 on Thursday night, winning his UFC debut and showing why he's considered one of the best prospects in mixed martial arts.

A former NCAA wrestling All-American who has developed a strong Brazilian jiu jitsu game, Weidman weathered an early storm of strikes against Sakara and came back to dominate the second and third rounds on the ground, winning a unanimous decision in a bloodbath of a fight.



The blood was all Sakara's: In the first round Weidman opened a small cut near Sakara's right eye, and in the second Weidman used a hard elbow on the ground to open an enormous gash on Sakara's forehead. Blood was streaming down Sakara's face in the second and third rounds, as Weidman battered away on Sakara to grind out the win. All three judges scored the bout 30-27 for Weidman, who improves to 5-0 in his MMA career. Sakara falls to 15-8.

"I'm so happy, I just want to thank the UFC for this opportunity -- it's the chance of a lifetime," Weidman said afterward. "I did the best I could."

Weidman's best is very good. And at age 26, with just five pro fights under his belt, Weidman is only going to get better.

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