Stats & Records
Wins by Knockout
First Round Finishes
- Sig. Strikes Landed
- Sig. Strikes Attempted
- Takedowns Landed
- Takedowns Attempted
- Sig. Str. Defense is the percentage of significant strikes attempted against a fighter that do not land.
- Takedown defense is the percentage of takedowns attempted against a fighter that do not land.
- Knockdown Avg. is the average number of knockdowns per 15 Minutes window.
Sig. Str. By Position
Sig. Str. by target
Win by Method
- Pro since 2011
- Eleven wins by KO
- Lone pre-UFC loss via split decision to UFC vet Cheick Kongo in May 2017
- Has won seven of his last 11
- Six first round finishes
UFC Fight Night (2/25/23) Sakai won a three round unanimous decision over Don'Tale Mayes
UFC on ESPN (8/6/22) Sakai was stopped by Serghei Spivac via strikes at 3:42 of the second round
UFC 269 (12/11/21) Sakai was knocked out by Tai Tuivasa at :26 of the second round
UFC Fight Night (6/5/21) Sakai was stopped by Jairzinho Rozenstruik via strikes at 4:59 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (9/5/20) Sakai was stopped by Alistair Overeem via strikes at :26 of the fifth round
UFC on ESPN (5/30/20) Sakai won a three round split decision over Blagoy Ivanov
UFC Fight Night (9/14/19) Sakai knocked out Marcin Tybura at :59 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (4/27/19) Sakai won a three round split decision over Andrei Arlovski
UFC Fight Night (9/22/18) Sakai stopped Chase Sherman via strikes at 4:03 of the third round
Dana White's Contender Series, Brazil
On episode one, Sakai stopped Marcos Conrado Jr. via strikes at 3:09 of the second round
When and why did you start training for fighting? He had a calm childhood, rode skateboards, played soccer and studied. He first discovered martial arts at school. When he was 14 years old, he saw a Muay Thai presentation, enjoyed it and decided to practice it, By the age of 18, he participated in his first competition: an amateur Muay Thai event in Curitiba. He fought against a professional athlete and won by judges’ decision. When he was 21 years old, he started training Jiu-Jitsu and the transition to MMA became a natural process.
Do you have any heroes? The athletes that trained with him in the gym and went through battles together.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? His biggest dream is to be a big name in the UFC and he’s been giving 110% of himself in the preparation for the “Contender Series Brazil.” According to him, it’s been years of waiting for this moment and participating on the show is the biggest opportunity of his career and it can take him to the next level.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Colégio Estadual Dona Branca do Nascimento Miranda and Colégio Estadual Leôncio Correia
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Brown belt in BJJ