Tape rankings @ Heavyweight
Who won Sakai vs Mayes?
Augusto Sakai beat Don Tale Mayes by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the co-main event of UFC Fight Night – Krylov vs Spann, on Saturday 25th February 2023 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 in favor of winner Augusto Sakai.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Sakai vs Mayes stats
Augusto Sakai stepped into the octagon with a record of 15 wins, 5 loses and 1 draw, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Don Tale Mayes made his way to the cage with a record of 9 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 5 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Sakai had an advantage in power over Mayes, with a 73% knock out percentage over Mayes' 56%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Mayes had an advantage over Sakai, with a 11% submission rate over Sakai's 0%.
Augusto Sakai was the older man by 1 year, at 32 years old.
Mayes had a height advantage of 3 inches over Sakai. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Sakai was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 7 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 4 years and 3 months earlier than Mayes, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He had fought 8 more professional rounds, 49 to Mayes' 41.
Sakai vs Mayes form
Augusto Sakai had beaten 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Sergey Spivac at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Hill on 6th August 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Tai Tuivasa at UFC 269 on 11th December 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC Vegas 28 on 5th June 2021 by knockout in the 1st round.
Before that, he had been beaten by Alistair Overeem at UFC Vegas 9 on 5th September 2020 by knockout in the 5th round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had defeated Blagoy Ivanov at UFC Vegas 1 on 30th May 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Sakai's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 3 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 30 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
Mayes' last 3 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 11 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 22 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Sakai vs Mayes?
Augusto Sakai was a 4/5 (-130) favourite going into the contest, while Don Tale Mayes made his way into the ring at 1/1 (+100) with oddsmakers.