Takashi Sato

Japan

Added to August card
WelterweightUFC
July 22, 2020
Sato (16-3-0) is scheduled to face Daniel Rodriguez (12-1-0) in a welterweight fight set for Aug. 22 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of USA Today report.
ANALYSIS
This welterweight bout is due to take place in Las Vegas. Sato dominated in his last fight, taking down Jason Witt in just 48-seconds. He has won three of his last four overall but he'll have a tough test in Rodriguez, who has won eight straight.
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Easily handles late-notice opponent
WelterweightUFC
June 27, 2020
Sato defeated Jason Witt via TKO (punches) at 0:48 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Originally scheduled to face Ramiz Brahimaj, Sato had no problem with his late-notice opponent following Brahimaj's withdrawal when one of his cornemen tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week. Sato quickly dropped Witt with a right jab followed by a straight left. Witt actually worked his way back to his feet following the big combination, but he never truly recovered, and the fight was over moments later. It's was an excellent effort from Sato on the heels of his submission loss to Belal Muhammad last September. Sato has now alternated wins and losses in his first three UFC bouts.
New opponent at UFC Vegas 4
WelterweightUFC
June 26, 2020
Sato will now take on UFC newcomer Jason Witt at UFC Vegas 4 on Saturday, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Sato had been a slight betting favorite for his matchup against Ramiz Brahimaj, but Brahimaj was forced to withdraw from the bout after one of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19. Sato will now draw Witt in the bout, a 33-year-old that has seen time in Bellator, Titan FC and LFA. Witt sports a 15-5-0 professional record.
Draws Brahimaj in Vegas
WelterweightUFC
June 22, 2020
Sato (15-3-0) is scheduled to face Ramiz Brahimaj (8-2-0) in a welterweight fight Saturday at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
The 30-year-old will be looking to improve his promotional record to 2-1 after suffering his third professional loss at UFC 242 last September, when he was submitted by Belal Muhammad. Sato will be facing off against a promotional newcomer in Brahimaj, who hasn't fought professionally since March 2019.
No longer fighting in Auckland
WelterweightUFC
February 21, 2020
Sato's fight at UFC Auckland against Maki Pitolo was removed from the card Friday after Pitolo fell ill before weigh-ins, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This is an unfortunate turn of events for Sato, since the UFC may have been able to find him a replacement had Pitolo fallen ill just a day or two earlier. For now, it remains unclear when Sato will fight next.
Fighting in February
WelterweightUFC
January 8, 2020
Sato wass take on Maki Pitolo at UFC Auckland on Feb. 22, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Both fighters are quite new to the UFC ranks. Sato has a win and a loss in his only two fights with the promotion, most recently losing to Belal Muhammad by submission in the third round in September. Pitolo has lost his only UFC fight to date, falling to Callan Potter by unanimous decision in February.