Is the pressure on for Alessio Sakara when he fights for Bellator in front of his home fans in Italy?
If there’s pressure being a home fan favorite, and being the de facto top guy for a whole country, Sakara hasn’t shown it so far. Both his Bellator fights have taken place in Italy, and both have resulted in TKO wins.
Bellator analyst Jimmy Smith thinks the home momentum being on Sakara’s side this week could play a huge factor when he tries to capture the promotion’s middleweight title.
Sakara (19-11 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) challenges champ Rafael Carvalho (14-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) in the Bellator 190 main event, which takes place Saturday at Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence with a main card that airs at 8 p.m. ET on Spike via tape-delay.
Check out the video above to hear from Smith about Sakara’s return to Italy and what it means to the fans there.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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