Takashi Sato


Fighting in February
January 8, 2020
Sato wass take on Maki Pitolo at UFC Auckland on Feb. 22, MMAJunkie.com reports.
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.
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Seems a step slow in loss
September 7, 2019
Sato lost to Belal Muhammad via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:55 of Round 3 at UFC 242 in The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Sato came out firing his quick jab, but Muhammad seemed ready for the weapon, as he found a home for body/head combinations all night due to how low Sato holds his left hand. It looked as though the Pancrase veteran was finding his footing a bit in Round 3 before his opponent landed a takedown and took his back to sink in the choke. Sato is undoubtedly a powerful, quick, action fighter, but his lack of defense looks like it will be a liability at this level. He falls to 15-3 in professional MMA as a result of the loss
Draws Muhammad for second UFC fight
May 13, 2019
Sato will fight against Belal Muhammad at UFC 242 on Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi, MMA freelance journalist Farah Hannoun reports.
Both fighters will enter the octagon fresh off April victories, with Muhammad defeating Curtis Millender at UFC 236 in Atlanta and Sato bringing down Ben Saunders at UFC Fort Lauderdale in his UFC debut. He won't have an easy follow up against Muhammad, who has won five of his last six outings, but Sato earned more of a challenge after defeating Saunders via TKO (strikes) in Round 2.
Electrifies crowd with TKO in debut
April 27, 2019
Sato defeated Ben Saunders via TKO (strikes) at 1:18 of Round 2 at UFC Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
Sato appeared to let Saunders get the best of him in the first round, but came out aggressive in the second and it paid off. He was able to land a straight left hand that sent Saunders to the ground, where he proceeded to finish with vicious, heavy elbows that opened up the face of Saunders. The 28-year-old cashed in as a (-230) favorite in his UFC debut, and after dispatching the veteran, will next look to get a step up in competition.