The Bellator Mw champion Rafael Carvalho entered this fight with a professional mma record of 14-1-0 (79% ko/tko victory rate – he has never won via submission) and he is ranked as the No.27 middleweight in the world. He suffered his only loss at his pro mma debut in 2011, against Julio Cesar Araujo Fernandes, since then he has won 14 consecutive bouts beating twice Melvin Manhoef in his last two fights (=Carvalho vs Manhoef I and Carvalho vs Manhoef II).
His opponent, the black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Alessio Sakara, has an official record of 19-11-0 (79% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.44 light heavyweight. He lost four consecutive fights between 2011 and 2013 but then he has collected one no-contest and three victories beating Joey Beltran in his last one (=Sakara vs Beltran). Carvalho vs Sakara, main event of Bellator 190, is valid for the Bellator middleweight title (Carvalho’s third defense). Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: Bellator 190: Carvalho vs. Sakara
Where: Nelson Mandela Forum, Florence, Italy
Division: middleweight (185 lbs, 84 kg)
Title: Bellator middleweight championship title
Carvalho’s previous fight: Rafael Carvalho vs Melvin Manhoef 2
Sakara’s previous fight: Alessio Sakara vs Joey Beltran
Carvalho’s next fight: Rafael Carvalho vs Gegard Mousasi
Carvalho vs Sakara full fight video:
(Free embeddable video hosted on Youtube and not uploaded by AllTheBestFights)
Official video (USA)