Sakai gets split decision over Ivanov in UFC on ESPN 9 co-main event

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Augusto Sakai defeated Blagoy Ivanov in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN 9 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sakai won the fight via a split decision.

Two judges had the scorecards 29-28. However, one judge had the bout as 30-27.

Heavyweight contender Augusto Sakai kicking Blagoy Ivanov during their UFC on ESPN 9 co-main event
Augusto Sakai kicking Blagoy Ivanov during their UFC on ESPN 9 co-main event (Photo by UFC News/Twitter

This was the only split decision on the entire card featuring 11 bouts. However, this was one of five decision bouts on the card, including four that were unanimous decisions.

This was the lone heavyweight bout on the card.

The 29-year-old Brazilian was the aggressor in the third round. However, there was a controversial moment when he grabbed the fence during his defense of a take down.

It could have been penalized for that. Yet, Jason Herzog did not deduct a point for the illegal move.

The second round also saw Sakai as the aggressor, as well. Ivanov appeared to slow down in the round despite getting the late take down before the round ended.

We saw the first round as an even round. Ivanov did have spots, where he was the aggressor, as he did appear like he was landing better shots.

Sakai is now 4-0 in the UFC. This was his second decision win in the company.

He also won via a split decision over Andrei Arlovski in April 2019.

With the win, Sakai has now improved to 15-1-1. Eleven of his 15 wins were by knockout.

His other four wins were by decision.

Ivanov fell to 18-4-1 in his career. Three of his four losses were by decisions with the other being by submission.

The Sofia, Bulgaria native has dropped his last two bouts. He also lost to Derrick Lewis — also by split decision — at UFC 244 on Nov. 2, 2019.

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