The sole heavyweight fight of the UFC Fight Night card saw Blagoy Ivanov take on Augusto Sakai. Here’s how the battle happened.
Bout 10: Blagoy Ivanov (18-3) vs. Augusto Sakai (14-1-1) (Heavyweight)
The first few minutes was slow-paced yet close striking. Ivanov put Sakai against the cage for a moment with two minutes left in the round. Ivanov repeatedly put Sakai against the cage in a clinch.
Sakai was out-striking Ivanov on the feet early in the round. Sakai landed a good combination halfway through the round, landing a knee and two punches to the head. Ivanov scored a takedown in the final minute of the fight, sitting in half guard until the fight ended.
Sakai was landing good shots on Ivanov in the third round as well. Ivanov nearly got a takedown, but Sakai stopped it, grabbing the fence to help stop the attempt. The referee gave Sakai a warning over it. Needing scorecards to find a winner, Augusto Sakai was crowned the winner (30-27 Ivanov, 29-28 Sakai & 29-28 Sakai).
RESULT: Augusto Sakai def. Blagoy Ivanov via Decision, Split
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