Thales Leites vs. Alessio Sakara
The entrance is messed up, and Leites comes out to Sakara’s music and name. Sakara, in turn, enters to Leites’ music, which Leites sings while Sakara makes his way to the Octagon. Leites slips throwing a haymaker but stands back up. He shoots from too far out for a takedown, and Sakara stuffs it. 1:30 in. Sakara is mostly waiting back. Leites gets a single leg, but as Leites is taking top control Sakara lands a short forearm that hurts him and keeps him off. Back on the feet, Sakara fires a one-two that’s blocked. Leites misses another shot from afar. The audience boos. 10-9 Sakara.
Leites is more aggressive with his striking to start the second, and this helps him take down Sakara against the cage. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt then tries to take Sakara’s back on the ground. He gets in one hook, but Sakara rolls out and the fight goes back to the feet. Sakara lands with a left hook. Leites drops under another strike for a takedown. He tries to take Sakara’s back again as he goes to stand, but Sakara quickly escapes again to his feet. 3:00 into the round. Sakara looks fresher. Leites is getting wild. Sakara throws a knee, and Leites finishes a double-leg takedown. He mounts Sakara with 45 seconds remaining. Sakara gets half-guard back, then Leites mounts again and punches from the top. 10-9 Leites.
The boos resume after a lackluster opening minute to the third. Sakara throws a one-two that’s blocked. He sprawls on a double-leg and hustles out. Not much action. Leites shoots from afar again and isn’t close to the takedown. More boos. Sakara switches to a southpaw stance, which doesn’t lead to any offense. He misses a one-two-three combo. Referee Marc Goddard warns the fighters for inactivity. Leites moves forward and finally gets a takedown. He takes Sakara’s back with both hooks, but loses control quickly. Sakara gets up. More boos. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Leites.
Official decision: 29-28 Sakara, 30-27 Leites, 29-28 Sakara. Split decision for Sakara.