Augusto Sakai


Fighting in August
May 25, 2022
Sakai will take on Sergey Spivac at the UFC event August 6, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Sakai suffered his third straight knockout defeat last December, falling that time at the hands of Tai Tuivasa. He will hope to get a much needed bounce back against Spivac, who is coming off a TKO win of Greg Hardy in March.
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Third straight knockout loss
December 11, 2021
Sakai lost to Tai Tuivasa via KO (punches) at 0:26 of Round 2 at UFC 269 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's Sakai's third straight knockout defeat and one that could potentially cost him his roster spot. Both men fought to fairly even terms in the opening frame, with the vast majority of Sakai's offense coming from knees to Tuivasa's body. It all fell apart on Augusto early in Round 2 when Tuivasa connected with a combination along the fence which essentially turned Sakai's lights out. Sakai began his UFC run with four-straight victories, but that seems like a distant memory at this point. A heavyweight who can't take a punch has virtually no value, and Sakai has had issues with his chin for well over a year at this point. He'll be lucky to get another opportunity with the company.
Tuivasa fight re-booked
November 13, 2021
Sakai's previously scheduled fight against Tai Tuivasa (visa issues) will now take place at UFC 269 on Dec. 11, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The pair had initially been set to fight Nov. 20, but plans were scrapped due to Tuivasa's visa issues. Those have evidently been resolved, with the pair set to meet three weeks later than originally scheduled.
Fight scrapped
November 12, 2021
Sakai's matchup with Tai Tuivasa (visa issues) has been scrapped from UFC Fight Night on Nov. 20, Farah Hannoun of reports.
Sakai stepped in as a replacement after Walk Harris (undisclosed) was forced to withdraw, and the bout is now off with Tuivasa held up with visa issues.
Gets Tuivasa on Nov. 20
October 11, 2021
Sakai is set to take on Tai Tuivasa in a heavyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Nov. 20, Raphael Marinho of reports.
Sakai will get a reasonable chance here to bounce back from a two-fight losing streak and re-establish himself as a heavyweight contender. He draws an opponent in Tuivasa who is riding a three-fight winning streak, though the level of competition has been much less than what Sakai has seen of late. Sakai will enter with slight height and reach advantages, which should play out well considering most of this fight projects to take place on the feet. He'll also own a very slight advantage in striking volume.
Comes up short in main event
June 6, 2021
Sakai lost to Jair Rozenstruik via TKO (punches) at 4:59 of Round 1 at UFC Vegas 28 on Saturday.
Sakai is typically able to to outwork his opponent in terms of volume, but he was credited with only three significant strikes in this one. After a long feeling out process to start the round, Rozenstruik was able to land regularly to Sakai's leg to keep him at bay. Eventually, Jair clipped him with a left hand that sent Sakai circling back, and in the follow-up charge, a right hook landed flush and sent Sakai to the canvas. With the clock winding down, Rozenstruik jumped on his opponent, raining down shots that opened up a big cut. While some would have liked to see Sakai given another second, he was visibly wobbled upon standing up. Sakai has been able to consistently outpoint much of the depth in the heavyweight division, but back-to-back losses to Rozenstruik and Alistair Overeem doesn't inspire a ton of confidence for when the competition level rises.