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Augusto Sakai Asked for Time Off After Last Loss

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — After an eight-month hiatus, heavyweight Augusto Sakai returns to action this weekend at UFC Vegas 59, where he faces Sergey Spit Wacker.

Brazil’s Sakai (15-4-1) will be looking to break the three-game skid in his return. He told media, including the Cageside Press, this week that the furlough was partly done by himself. This was followed by suspensions against Alistair Overeem, Jair Rozenstruik and most recently Tai Tuivasa.

“There was a time [away], especially if the committee is suspended. Again, I did ask for some extra time, some extra time to back off a little bit and go all out. “

During that time, Sakai has relocated his training camp to the famous top American team in Florida.

“I think the biggest change is actually changing where the training takes place,” he said when asked what he did between fights. “Coming to ATT, I’ve been in Florida for two and a half months. We had to correct a lot of things, but we also did a lot of work on my fight.”

At Spivak, Sakai sees “a tough opponent, a guy who plays really well. I know he’s a winning and losing way, and he does have some samsara. But I think I’m ready to break his Race and move on.”

Watch Augusto Sakai’s full UFC Vegas 59 media day debut above.


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