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AUGUSTO SAKAI

AGE

27

RECORD

12-1-1

REACH

78"

HEIGHT

6’4”

WEIGHT

265LB

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

GILE RIBEIRO TEAM / NOGUCHI TEAM

HOMETOWN

CURITIBA, PARANA, BRAZIL

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

Last Fight september 2018 UFC fight night 137 – VS chase sherman

RESULT – won via 3rd rd tko (punches)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters in the orthodox stance. Sherman takes the center as Sakai moves around. Body kick lands for Sherman as Sakai counters with the leg kick. 1st min in, fighters are trying to find their range. Fighters are exchanging leg kicks. Sherman continues with the leg kicks. Sakai fires a combination and lands a clean right hand.  Sherman lands a straight left and a leg kick. Sherman is more active and starts to work the body of Sakai. Sakai explodes with the combination and lands a one-two combination. Another right land for Sakai. Halfway, Sakai looks more precise and patient as he waits for a counter combination. Sakai is finding his rhythm. Sakai lands another hard one-two. Body kick lands for Sherman. Stiff left hand lands for Sakai. Sakai pushes forward with his boxing and starts doing the damage on Sherman. 1 min to go, Sherman has trouble defending boxing attacks from Sakai. Sherman stays busy with the leg kicks. Big elbow and a left hand from Sherman as the round ends, 10-9 Sakai.

Rd 2 – Sakai opens the round with the right hand. Sherman landed an eye poke. Referee stops the fight. Sakai is recovering. Fight continues. Stiff left jab lands for Sherman. Sakai pushes with the right hand, great counter right from Sherman. Big right hand over the top from Sakai! 1st min in, Sherman is pressuring Sakai. Hard right elbow from Sherman as he pushes for a clinch. Sakai is back against the fence. Sakai separates and lands a right hand. Another. Sherman counters with the uppercut. Both fighters are swinging wildly and landing! Sherman ducks under fakes the takedown and lands an overhead right. Sakai explodes with the big right hand over the top. Sherman looks hurt and pushes for a clinch. Halfway, Sakai is back against the fence and forces the break. Sakai continues with his boxing combinations and lands a right hand. Sherman is slowing down. Sakai is landing and taking back this round. Hard knee to the body lands for Sakai. Sherman is fading. 1 min to go, Sakai is slowing down with his attacks. Sherman initiates the clinch. Nice uppercuts from Sakai. Sakai separates and lands an overhead right. 10-9 Sakai.

Rd 3 – Sherman takes the center. Sakai is working the body with his kicks. He feels that Sherman is tired. Sherman is backing Sakai up with his jab. Leg kick and across lands for Sakai. 1st min in, Sherman is pushing forward, but missing all of his shots. Hard kick to the body from Sakai. Hard right hand from Sakai. Sherman is hurt. Sakai continues and feels he can finish the fight. Sakai clinches and continues with dirty boxing. Sakai separates. Sherman pushes for a clinch, Sakai reverses and separates. Halfway in, Sherman is still hurt. Sakai continues pushing forward. Right hand lands for Sakai as Sherman pushes for a clinch. Sakai reverses again and lands a clean knee to the head. Hard knees from Sakai. Sakai pushes Sherman down to the mat. Sakai looks to set up a guillotine choke, Sherman is out of danger. Sakai continues with the ground and pound. Hard punches from Sakai! Sherman is not defending himself! Referee stops the fight!!!

august 2018 dana white’s contender series brazil – Vs marcos conrado jr.

RESULT – won via 2rd tko (punches)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Fighters are in the orthodox stance as Sakai takes the center of the octagon. Conrado opens the round with the leg kick. Sakai counters with the leg kick. Conrado counters with the hard left hand. Conrado ducks under and pushes for a single leg takedown, defended by Sakai. Another leg kick lands for Sakai. 1st min in, Conrado is faster with his punching combinations. Sakai lands a leg kick. Conrado catches the leg and pushes forward with the punches. Sakai is backing up. Hard spinning elbow lands for Conrado! Fighters are back in the center. Conrado is showing a great movement. Conrado shoots for a double leg but fails to score a takedown. Conrado shoots for a takedown but Sakai catches him with the head kick. Conrado is down. Sakai pushes for a finish. Halfway in, Sakai is in the half guard position. Conrado scrambles and stands back up. Another hard right-hand lands for Sakai. Conrado is pushing again for a single leg, easily defended by Sakai. Hard spinning back fist lands for Conrado!  Both fighters exchange punches. 1 min to go, hard right hook lands for Sakai as Conrado goes down again! Guard position for Sakai. Conrado scrambles and fighters are back on their feet. Sakai is pushing forward. Conrado is clearly slowing down. Hard combinations are landing for Sakai! Sakai is throwing hard knees to the head! Round ends. 10-8 Sakai.

Rd 2 – Sakai takes the center of the octagon. Conrado is moving backwards. Conrado shoots for a double leg and takes Sakai to the mat. Sakai is back on his feet and lands a kick to the body on the separation. Sakai pushes forward and initiates the clinch. 1st min in, not much action in the clinch. Sakai separates. Hard right hand lands for Sakai! Conrado goes down again. Sakai is dropping bombs on Conrado. Conrado is trying to stand back up. Sakai takes his back and continues with the punches. Halfway in, Conrado is looking desperate! The referee takes a closer look and stops the fight!!!

NOVEMBER 2017 IMORTAL FC 7 – VS TIAGO CARDOSO

RESULT – WON VIA 1rd TKO (PUNCHES)

Analysis

Rd 1 – Cardoso takes the center and immediately pushes forward with the combination. Cardoso initiates the clinch. Sakai separates. Cardoso lands a kick to the body. Sakai is pushing forward. Leg kick lands for Sakai. 1st min in, hard counter right-hand lands for Sakai! Cardoso goes down! Sakai is not pushing for a finish and allows Cardoso to stand back up. Cardoso looks hurt. Sakai pushes with the body-head combinations and initiates the clinch. Sakai lands a knee to the body on the separation. Sakai lands another hard right hand. Hard punches are landing from Sakai. Cardoso goes down again! Sakai with the hard ground and pound! Referee stops the fight!!!

RECORD BREAKDOWN

14 MATCHES 12 WINS 1 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 10 0
SUBMISSION 0 0
DECISION 2 1
DRAWS 1
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Sakai is the promising young heavyweight coming from Brazil. He has a great stand up and wrestling skills.
  • Sakai has a lot of power in his both hands. He has finished almost all of his fight by knockout.
  • Against Sherman and Conrado, Sakai showed great conditioning. He pushes forward most of the time and constantly throwing combinations.
  • Sakai is very light on his feet for a heavyweight. He has a great movement and very fast attacks.
  • Sakai has a tendency to throw a right hand over the top and follows with a left hook.
  • Against Cardoso, who is a small heavyweight, Sakai got taken down a couple of times and has shown that there is a room for improvement in his wrestling.
  • Against Sherman, Sakai defended a couple of takedowns and showed that he has been working on his wrestling game.
  • Sakai leaves himself open when moving backwards. Sherman landed a couple of hard punches and elbows in those situations.
  • In his UFC debut, Sakai showed great control over his emotions. He was very calm, motivated, patient and confident.