LAS VEGAS – When he opened his UFC tenure with 5 instantly wins, Augusto Sakai used to be at the verge of heavyweight stardom.
Then he ran right into a buzzsaw in Alistair Overeem in September 2020 and had his momentum halted with a fifth-round TKO loss. Midway via 2021, he used to be knocked out by means of Jairzinho Rozenstruik and skilled a skid for the primary time. And later that yr, Tai Tuivasa close him down with a second-round KO.
With 3 instantly setbacks, Sakai (15-4-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) appears to be in lovely determined want of a win when he is taking on Serghei Spivac (14-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at the UFC on ESPN 40 takes primary card Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.
Sakai stated at Wednesday’s media day, even though, that he’s made some main adjustments to his struggle preparation heading into the bout with Spivac. Will they be what places him excessive to snap his skid?
Check out Sakai’s complete media day interview within the video above.
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