A heavyweight clash between two of the division’s best talents takes place on May 1 when Shamil Abdurakhimov and Augusto Sakai collide. Brazilian news outlet Combate was the first to report the fight.
UFC Fight Night 191 Adds Heavyweight Bout Between Shamil Abdurakhimov and Augusto Sakai
#8 ranked Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has become the gatekeeper of the heavyweight division. The Dagestani native’s last two defeats have come at the hands of Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes who are both in title discussion. His last outing was against the latter, in which he lost via TKO in the first round. That loss snapped a three-fight winning streak which included victories over Marcin Tybura, Andrei Arlovski, and Chase Sherman.
#9 ranked Augusto Sakai (15-2-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) saw mixed results in 2020 earning one victory and suffering one defeat. In May, the Brazilian fought to a split decision with the gritty Blagoy Ivanov. The victory brought his consecutive wins within the promotion to four which earned him a shot at Alistair Overeem. After four hard-fought rounds, the former kickboxer was too much for Sakai and he lost in the fifth round. He looks to rebound from his first-ever stoppage defeat.
It is not known where the fight between Shamil Abdurakhimov and Augusto Sakai will fall on the card, but it will certainly be one to watch!
The promotion has yet to announce the full card, but the reported bouts on the card are below:
- Light Heavyweight: Jiri Prochazka vs Dominick Reyes
- Heavyweight: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Augusto Sakai
- Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs Gavin Tucker
- Featherweight: TJ Laramie vs Damon Jackson
- Welterweight: Mike Jackson vs Dean Barry
- Featherweight: TJ Brown vs Kai Kamaka III
- Middleweight: KB Bhullar vs Andreas Michailidis
- Women’s Flyweight: Ji Yeon Kim vs Poliana Botelho
- Light Heavyweight: Ion Cutelaba vs Devin Clark
- Women’s Strawweight: Sam Hughes vs Loma Lookboonmee
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