Takashi Sato



Injury Orbital
Est. Return 2/1/2022
Six-month medical suspension
December 1, 2020
Sato must have his left orbital fracture cleared by a doctor or he will have to face a six-month suspension, MMAFighting.com reports.
Sato was submitted by Miguel Baeza this past weekend. If he can't get clearance by a doctor, Sato would have to sit out until after May 28, 2021. He maintains a 16-4 career MMA record.
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Taps to Baeza in Vegas
November 28, 2020
Sato lost to Miguel Baeza via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:28 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 18 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Sato controlled the center of the Octagon for much of Round 1, but it was Baeza landing the more damaging shots. By the end of the frame, he had opened up a cut under the right eye of Sato. He worked his quick right hand quite a bit in Round 2, but while Sato was throwing single shots, Baeza was landing combinations. Sato was eventually taken down around the 90-second mark, and before taking a little more punishment, Baeza found the arm-triangle choke. Sato attempted to defend, but it was a lost cause and he eventually tapped.
Booked for November fight
November 6, 2020
Sato will take on Miguel Baeza in a welterweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Nov. 28, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Sato was forced to withdraw from a fight in August after failing to gain clearance from the Nevada Athletic Commission, but he'll be able to return at the end of November. Sato last fought in June, defeating Jason Witt via TKO (punches) after just 48 seconds. Baeza defeated Matt Brown via KO (punches) at UFC Jacksonville in May, but he received a medical suspension following the fight. Baeza has slight advantages in height and reach.
Late scratch from UFC Vegas 7
August 21, 2020
Sato has pulled out of Saturday's scheduled bout versus Daniel Rodriguez, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Sato was reportedly unable to gain clearance from the Nevada Athletic Commission to take fight Saturday, leading to his late removal from the card. It's unclear if the fight will be scrapped from the card or if the UFC will scramble to find a replacement to face Rodriguez.
Added to August card
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.
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.
Easily handles late-notice opponent
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.
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.