A heavyweight contest featuring former division champion Andrei Arlovski taking on Augusto Sakai took place at tonight’s UFC Fort Lauderdale event.
Meanwhile, Augusto Sakai was last seen in action this past September, where he scored a TKO victory over Chase Sherman. Sakai is 12-1-1 overall.
Round one begins and Arlovski takes the center of the octagon in a southpaw stance. Andrei with a low kick. He goes to the body with a jab followed by a right hand over the top. Another flurry from Arlovski. Sakai lands a low kick followed by a left. Arlovski slips and gets back up. He throws a right hand but Sakai avoids. A good left jab from Arlovski now. He lands a right and then tells the referee he got an eye poke. Augusto with a low kick. Andrei misses with a right. Both men land low kicks. Arlovski with a right hand. Sakai with a jumping knee. He tries to clinch but Andrei isn’t having it. Arlovski with a jab to the body and then misses with another right. Sakai with a flurry. He clips Andrei and pushes him against the cage. Arlovski breaks free and comes back with a jab to the body. One minute remains. Augusto with a low kick. Arlovski misses with a spinning back fist. Sakai with another flurry. He pushes Andrei against the cage. Arlovski switches the position. The fighters battle in the clinch. The horn sounds to end round one.
Round two begins and Arlovski lands jab to start. He lands a low kick as Sakai attempts to get inside. Andrei circles while pawing with his jab. Sakai comes after him and lands a combination. Arlovski answers with a straight right. A good low kick scores for Augusto. Arlovski goes high but misses with a kick. Andrei with a front kick attempt that falls short. He lands a low kick. Augusto responds with one of his own. Both men connect with jabs. Arlovski with a nice inside low kick. Sakai with a left but Arlovski counters to the body. Arlovski with a combination but nothing lands flush. Two minutes remain. Sakai misses with a looping right. He lands a low kick. Arlovski circles and lands a low kick. Sakai forces the clinch and pushes Andrei Arlovski against the cage. The former champ breaks free and lands a jab. Arlovski with a kick that lands low. The referee steps in. Sakai recovers and we restart. Both men swing wildly following the break. Arlovski with a low kick. He lands a nice body shot. Sakai forces the clinch and the horn sounds to end round two.
The third and final round of the UFC Fort Lauderdale heavyweight fight begins and Arlovski comes forward with a flurry. He pushes Sakai against the cage and lands a knee. Augusto switches the position and breaks free. Arlovski with a body kick and then a low kick. He misses with a right but lands with a second attempt. Sakai with a low kick. Arlovski replies with a leg slap of his own. Three minutes remain. Arlovski with a left hook as Sakai misses with a Wild right. Sakai with a pair of good knees to the body. Arlovski responds with a body kick. The former champ lands a jab. Sakai with a left hook. Arlovski with a jab. Two minutes to go now. Arlovski with a good kick to the body. Sakai forces the clinch and looks for a takedown. Arlovski defends and they battle against the cage. Andrei with a knee. Sakai replies. One minute is left in the fight. Sakai with a knee. Arlovski breaks free and comes forward with a flurry. Sakai with a counter right hand. Arlovski with a low kick. He lands a right hand and then throws a high kick. The horns sounds to end round three.
Official UFC Fort Lauderdale Result: Augusto Sakai def. Andrei Arlovski via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)