Augusto Sakai had some change in the plans when his next opponent Shamil Abdurakhimov had to pull out from their fight because of some visa issues. But it looks like it was a blessing in disguise.
Sakai is now facing Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the main event of UFC Fight Night 189 event at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Sakai lost his last fight against the veteran Alistair Overeem, as he was knocked out by him in the very last round.
But he believes that it was a lesson for him, and he’s better than ever,
“Unfortunately, my winning streak was broken,” Sakai recently told MMA Junkie. “But that’s part of the game. The night against Overeem was a time
for me to learn. I left a few openings that Overeem was able to exploit by landing his strikes. It took me out of my strategy. It was a big lesson. Now we’ve made many corrections. We’re coming back even stronger.”
“I know that a win will improve my ranking and bring on even greater opponents,” Sakai said. “After the fight is done, we’ll figure out our next steps.”
“Jairzinho is a super tough athlete,” Augusto Sakai isn’t underestimating his opponent
Jairzinho had a perfect 10-0 start to his career, but then Francis Ngannou knocked him out in just 20 seconds and stopped him on his way to the title, but he bounced back from the loss by winning a fight against Junior Dos Santos.
Jairzinho lost his last fight against Ciryl Gain and will be looking to come back in the win column, Sakai is aware of the danger he possesses and said, “Jairzinho is a super tough athlete. He has extremely heavy hands. His fighting style is completely different from Shamil’s. We made some adjustments with that in mind. My training sessions have been going great. We’re moving ahead with full force. We’re looking forward to another win.”