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Who won Overeem vs Sakai?
Alistair Overeem beat Augusto Sakai by , during the main event of UFC Vegas 9, on Saturday 5th September 2020 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Alistair Overeem.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Overeem vs Sakai stats
Alistair Overeem stepped into the ring with a record of 46 wins, 18 loses and 0 draws, 24 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 17 by submission.
Augusto Sakai made his way to the ring with a record of 15 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 11 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Sakai had a large advantage in power over Overeem, boosting at 73% knock out percentage over Overeem's 52%.
Alistair Overeem was the older man by 11 years, at 42 years old.
Overeem had a height advantage of 1 inch over Sakai. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Overeem was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 47 more fights, and made his debut in 1999, 11 years and 11 months earlier than Sakai, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 61 more professional rounds, 105 to Sakai's 44.
Overeem vs Sakai form
Alistair Overeem had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Walt Harris at UFC Fight Night Jacksonville on 16th May 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC on ESPN 7 on 7th December 2019 by knockout in the 5th round at Capital One Arena, Washington D.C..
Going into that contest, he had defeated Aleksei Oleinik at UFC on ESPN+ 7 on 20th April 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Yubileyny Sports Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Before that, he had beat Sergey Pavlovich at UFC Fight Night 141 on 24th November 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Cadillac Arena, Beijing, China.
He had lost to Francis NGannou at UFC 218 on 2nd December 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, United States.
Overeem's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.