Fighting out of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, Augusto Sakai, 29, was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 9.” It was the Japanese-Brazilian mixed martial artist’s fourth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Born in Curitiba on May 19, 1991, Sakai is the grandson of Japanese immigrants to Brazil. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2011.
Sakai made his UFC debut in 2018. The first three opponents he defeated in the promotion were Chase Sherman, Andrei Arlovski and Marcin Tybura.
Blagoy Ivanov vs Augusto Sakai
Featuring 11 professional MMA matches, “UFC on ESPN 9” took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on May 30, 2020. In the co-main event of the evening, Sakai fought Blagoy “Baga” Ivanov (Благой Иванов), 33, of Sofia, Bulgaria in the heavyweight division.
Jason Herzog served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the heavyweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges.
Two judges scored it 29-28 in favor of the fighter in the blue corner while the third judge saw it 30-27 in favor of the fighter in the red corner. In the end, Herzog raised the hand of Sakai, who was declared the winner via split decision.
“I’ve been working my entire life for this,” Sakai said in his post-fight interview. “I want to be a champion.”
Winning at “UFC on ESPN 9” improved Sakai’s professional MMA record to 15 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. On the other hand, Ivanov now has 18 wins, 4 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.
“UFC on ESPN 9”
The UFC held “UFC on ESPN 9” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Five countries were represented namely Brazil, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Peru and the U.S.
Sakai solely represented Bulgaria. Sakai was one of the three representatives of Brazil.
In the main event, Gilbert “Durinho” Burns, 33, of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley, 38, of St. Louis, Missouri competed in the welterweight division. The Brazilian contender won via unanimous decision.