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 2013
- Has won eight of his last 14
- Eleven wins by KO, two by submission (RNC, arm triangle)
- Ten first round finishes
- Origin of nickname: means “Heaven” in Japanese.
UFC Fight Night (5/20/23) Sato lost a three round unanimous decision to Themba Gorimbo
UFC on ESPN (8/6/22) Sato was knocked out by Bryan Battle at :44 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (3/19/22) Sato lost a three round unanimous decision to Gunnar Nelson
UFC on ESPN (11/28/20) Sato was submitted by Miguel Baeza via arm triangle choke at 4:28 of the second round
UFC on ESPN (6/27/20) Sato stopped Jason Witt via strikes at :48 of the first round
UFC 242 (9/7/19) Sato was submitted by Belal Muhammad via rear naked choke at 1:55 of the third round
UFC Fight Night (4/27/19) Sato stopped Ben Saunders via strikes at 1:18 of the second round
When and why did you start training for fighting? My father always liked martial arts, so because of this, I have been watching martial arts since my childhood years. So I was always interested in MMA too.When I was a junior in college, I went to an MMA event to cheer for Keita Nakamura and I was hugely affected by the experience and I just wanted to join that world.
What ranks and titles have you held? 2014 Winner of Pancrase Neo Blood Tournament (170 lbs), 2017 became Pancrase MMA welterweight champion
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I feel that winning in UFC is one of the achievements I must accomplish in my life. Therefore, everything in my life now is about fighting in the UFC.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Economics
What was your job before you started fighting? Ever since I graduated from university I held part-time jobs, such as waiting tables, to pursue a career as a pro MMA fighter.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I competed in the judo national championships when I was in university.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: 2nd degree black belt in judo.
Favorite grappling technique: Judo throw.
Favorite Striking technique: Jab and straigh