"Better late than never, verbal agreements are in for what should be an action-packed match between Alessio Sakara and Jorge Rivera at UFC 133," UFC President Dana White said in the promotion's announcement.
UFC 133 hasn't been formally announced, but it's expected to take place on August 6 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The fight is now scheduled to take place nearly a year after it was first supposed to happen. Rivera and Sakara initially agreed to fight each other at UFC 118 in August of 2010, but it was scrapped when Rivera pulled out with an injury. Sakara was at first going to stay on that card, but he later pulled out of UFC 118 with an injury of his own.
With both fighters then looking for an autumn fight, Rivera and Sakara then agreed to fight each other at UFC 122 in Germany, but Sakara pulled out on the day of the fight with an illness.
Unfortunately, it's a less interesting fight now than it was before, as Rivera and Sakara were both on three-fight winning streaks when the fight was originally announced, but are now both on one-fight losing streaks. Still, Rivera-Sakara should be an entertaining scrap. As White said, better late than never.