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Who won Sakai vs Tuivasa?
Tai Tuivasa beat Augusto Sakai by , during the prelims of UFC 269, on Saturday 11th December 2021 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Tai Tuivasa.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Sakai vs Tuivasa stats
Augusto Sakai stepped into the ring with a record of 15 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Tai Tuivasa made his way to the ring with a record of 12 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Tuivasa had advantage in power over Sakai, with a 92% knock out percentage over Sakai's 73%.
Augusto Sakai was the older man by 2 years, at 31 years old.
Sakai had a height advantage of 1 inch over Tuivasa. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Sakai was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 8 months earlier than Tuivasa, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 19 more professional rounds, 44 to Tuivasa's 25.
Sakai vs Tuivasa form
Tai Tuivasa had stopped 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Greg Hardy at UFC 264 on 10th July 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Harry Hunsucker at UFC Vegas 22 on 20th March 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Sergey Spivak at UFC 243 on 5th October 2019 by submission in the 2nd round at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
Before that, he had lost to Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 238 on 8th June 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at United Center, Chicago, United States.
He had been beaten by Junior dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 142 on 1st December 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Adelaide Entertainment Center, Adelaide, South Australia.
Sakai's last 3 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 11 months and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Tuivasa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.