The athletic Commission of Nevada gave its approval for the holding of sporting events, and this weekend the UFC returns to his native Las Vegas. In the night of Sunday there tournament kicks off UFC on ESPN 9, which will be held on a private arena of promotion “UFC APEX”.
In the co-main event heavyweights Ivanov and Sakai will compete for a place in the top 10 ranking.
Ivanov is a former WSOF champion/PFL debuted in the UFC in 2018, “one-gate” after losing in five rounds to former champion of the organization Junior DOS Santos. Then the Bulgarian had a good first half of 2019, winning by decision Ben Rothwell and Melting Tuivasa, but at UFC 244 Ivanov lost to Derrick Lewis in a competitive fight.
Ex-fighter of Bellator Sakai made it to the UFC thanks to the victory in the Candidates series Dana white in 2018. The record of the Brazilian inside the octagon is 3-0 with wins over knockout chase Sherman and marcina Tiburo, and a split decision over ex-champion of UFC Andrey Orlovsky.
Forecast for battle
The style and physique of both fighters talking about what we can see tracheascopy boring fight, at the end of which the participants fully over the gas tank. Ivanov has a good “udarka” with a good jab, has a knockout punch (though this is still not showed in the UFC), and he’s definitely excellent Grappler. Ivanov, however, small heavyweight with height 180 cm and is often influenced in his fights.
Sakai in front of a large heavyweight with 191 cm in height, which is necessary to drive weight in order to get to the limit. For its parameters it is surprisingly quick and his shot has tremendous power. 11 of the 14 victories he won by knockout, but Ivanov has extremely strong chin and finish blows it will be extremely difficult. In order to win, Sakai should keep the enemy at a distance, however, his strikes cannot be called precise, and technical. Suppose that Ivanova will get to go to a favorable distance, to eventually win the judges ‘ decision.
The victory of Ivanov on points
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