Alessio Sakara will have to wait a little while longer to get his revenge against Patrick Cote, as the planned rematch for UFC 158 is off.
Sakara confirmed with Fighters Only Magazine that he will not be able to compete in March after undergoing several tests and finding out he has a kidney disorder.
“I cannot fight because of my kidneys. Three days ago I got some test results and the doctor has ordered that I stop everything for three months because of the renal (kidney) disease.”
The issue for Sakara likely comes from intense weight-cutting before fights. He is a bigger middleweight, forcing him to drop several pounds to make the limit.
Cote and Sakara fought earlier this year, with Cote earning a DQ victory after Sakara hit him with illegal strikes to the back of the head. The finish was controversial, as many thought Sakara was the winner before the ref ruled in Cote’s favor.