Takashi Satō (佐藤天, Satō Takashi, born June 9, 1990) is a Japanese mixed martial artist. A professional since 2013, he currently competes in the Welterweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
|Born||June 9, 1990|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170.5 lb (77 kg; 12 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|Team||Tribe Tokyo MMA |
|Rank||2nd dan black belt in Judo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born to a Japanese father and Taiwanese mother, Sato grew up in Shinjuku, Tokyo, with his parents and older brother. He was a big fan of reading comics just like many other Japanese children. However one day, his older brother accidentally threw them all out. Sato says he cried the whole day until the following day his father felt very bad and came home from work with a new comic based on a kid becoming a judo champion. This then inspired Sato to pursue Judo and he used to train at the local police station.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Sato started his MMA career fighting in various promotions in Japan. Sato then fought for Pancrase and Deep promotions in Japan. He earned a Pancrase title shot but lost to Glaico França. Sato earned the opportunity to fight in the UFC after beating former UFC fighter Matt Vaile.
Ultimate Fighter ChampionshipEdit
Sato signed with the UFC on April 2, 2019 and made his UFC debut on April 27, 2019 against Ben Saunders at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson. After being tagged by Saunders early, Sato won the fight by knockout.
Sato was scheduled to face Ramiz Brahimaj on June 27, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker but the fight was scratched due to one of Brahimaj's cornermen testing positive for COVID-19. Two days before the fight, Sato's opponent was switched to UFC newcomer Jason Witt. Sato won the fight via knock out in 48 seconds in round one.
Sato was scheduled to face Daniel Rodriguez on August 22, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 15. However, despite making the required weight, Sato was not cleared to fight by Nevada State Athletic Commission medical personnel and was removed from the card. Later, Sato revealed that a skin infection in his torso was the reason for the removal.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|21 matches||15 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||15–6||Bryan Battle||KO (head kick)||UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Hill||August 6, 2022||1||0:44||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||15–5||Gunnar Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Aspinall||March 19, 2022||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||15–4||Miguel Baeza||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on ESPN: Smith vs. Clark||November 28, 2020||2||4:28||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–3||Jason Witt||TKO (punches)||UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker||June 27, 2020||1||0:48||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||14–3||Belal Muhammad||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 242||September 7, 2019||3||1:55||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||14–2||Ben Saunders||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson||April 27, 2019||2||1:18||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Win||13–2||Matt Vaile||TKO (punches)||Pancrase 300||October 21, 2018||2||3:35||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||12–2||Glaico França||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pancrase 297||July 1, 2018||4||1:15||Tokyo, Japan||For the vacant Pancrase Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||12–1||Masayuki Hamagishi||TKO (elbows and punches)||GRANDSLAM 7||March 25, 2018||2||3:59||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||11–1||Akihiro Murayama||TKO (punches)||Pancrase 292||December 10, 2017||1||0:52||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10–1||Kenta Takagi||TKO (punches)||Pancrase 289||August 20, 2017||1||4:15||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–1||Anton Radman||TKO (knee)||Pancrase 286||April 23, 2017||1||3:43||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–1||Eric Michael Fought||Decision (split)||Pancrase 273||December 13, 2015||3||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||7–1||Kenta Takagi||TKO (punch)||Pancrase 269||August 8, 2015||1||2:27||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–0||Yusaku Tsukumo||TKO (doctor stoppage)||DEEP 72 Impact||May 16, 2015||1||2:09||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–0||Vyron Phillips||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 265||March 15, 2015||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–0||Hidetora||TKO (punches)||DEEP DREAM Impact||December 31, 2014||1||4:21||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||4–0||Yasuaki Miura||TKO (punch)||TTF Challenge 03||November 2, 2014||1||0:29||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Genpei Hayashi||TKO (punches)||Pancrase 260||August 10, 2014||1||2:51||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Makoto Kawawa||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pancrase 258||May 11, 2014||3||2:36||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Joe Proctor||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Pancrase Bayside Fight 2||December 31, 2013||1||2:31||Yokohama, Japan|
- Andrew McNicol (June 28, 2020), Sato shrugs off coronavirus drama, South China Morning Post
- Nissi Icasiano (June 28, 2020). "Takashi Sato scores quickfire KO win at UFC on ESPN 12". asianmma.com.
- "Takashi Sato | UFC". UFC.com. Retrieved March 27, 2022.
- Hinjuku, Japan's Takashia Sato knocks out Jason Witt at UFC Vegas 4, Conandaily, 28 June 2020
- "I have half the blood of Taiwanese. I am as proud of having Taiwanese blood as I am proud of being Japanese".
- "佐藤天 Takashi Sato on Instagram: "I started an online English lesson.😂☝🏻 実はオンライン英会話を始めまして、そこから英語で自分のストーリーを英語で話すことになりました！😂笑…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
- Thomas Gerbasi (April 26, 2019). "Takashi Sato now where he's always wanted to be". UFC.com.
- Trent Reinsmith (September 2, 2019), "Can Taskashi Sato keep moving up Welterweight rankings?", Forbes
- Trent Reinsmith (April 27, 2019), "How to watch Glover Teixeira ca Io Cutelaba", Forbes
- Adam Martin (April 27, 2019), Fight Night 150 Results, Sherdog
- Belal Muhammad s Takashi Sato, MMA Junkie, September 7, 2019
- Anderson, Jay (2020-06-29). "UFC 242 Results: Belal Muhammad Wraps Up Win Over Takeshi Sato With Third-Round Submission". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
- Jesse Holland (February 21, 2020). "UFC cancels Auckland fight following unexpected illness". mmamania.com.
- Farah Hannoun (June 19, 2020), Ramiz Brahimaj vs Takashi Sato, MMA Junkie
- Cassandra Negley (June 26, 2020), Brahimaj our of ufc fight after cornermen tests positive for covid-19, Yahoo Sports
- Jay Pettry (June 26, 2020), Jason Witt In Against Takashi Sato After Ramiz Brahimaj's Corner Tests Positive for COVID-19, Sherdog
- Thomas Albano (June 28, 2020), Takashi Sato spoils Jason Witts Cinderella story, Fansided
- Farah Hannoun and Nolan King (2020-07-22). "Daniel Rodriguez vs. Takashi Sato joins UFC's Aug. 22 lineup". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- Staff (2020-08-21). "With opponents out, Dwight Grant and Daniel Rodriguez now open UFC on ESPN 15 main card". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
- John Hyon Ko (November 25, 2020). Takashi Sato looks to finish Miguel Baeza, earn new UFC deal. South China Morning Post – via Youtube.
- DNA, MMA (2020-11-07). "BREAKING: Miguel Baeza vs. Takashi Sato toegevoegd aan UFC evenement op 28 november". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
- McClory, Mike (2020-11-28). "UFC Vegas 15 Results: Miguel Baeza Earns Another Finish with Sub of Takashi Sato". cagesidepress. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
- Damon Martin (2022-03-07). "Gunnar Nelson now expected to face Takashi Sato at UFC London card". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
- Behunin, Alex (2022-03-19). "UFC London: Gunnar Nelson Defeats Takashi Sato Via Unanimous Decision After A Two Year Layoff". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
- Mike Heck (2022-06-13). "TUF 28 champ Bryan Battle drops to welterweight, faces Takashi Sato at Aug. 6 UFC event". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2022-06-15.
- Anderson, Jay (2022-08-06). "UFC Vegas 59: Bryan Battle Announces Welterweight Arrival with Crushing Head Kick on Takashi Sato". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-08-07.
- Sherdog.com. "Takashi". Sherdog. Retrieved 2022-08-07.