When Augusto Sakai said that he was not satisfied with a split decision win in his last fight and promised to improve upon that performance, little did anyone think that he would do what he did on Saturday night in UFC Vancouver. He knocked out his opponent Marcin Tybura hardly one minute into the fight. It took him just 59 seconds to flatten Tybura with a series of right hands.
— UFC (@ufc) September 14, 2019
“I expected that I was going to end the fight in the first round. I did not expect it was going to be that quick, but I am very happy that it ended very quickly,” Sakai said in the post fight interview.
After the massive victory, he was asked what opponents he is looking forward to and he said that he would be ready for anything UFC puts forth.
“I have no names. Whatever UFC wants, I’ll be ready,” he said. Of course, someone on the rankings would be amazing, but (I’ll fight) whoever UFC wants.
Sakai is one of the most exciting prospects in the MMA world and he said he is always ready for a challenge.
“UFC is the biggest event in the world of MMA and I am ready and I am always looking forward.”
When asked about whether the victory was the biggest in his UFC career, he said that it was yet to come.
He further went to praise Canada in the interview. “I love Canada, he managed to speak out in English with a huge smile. He then continued in his language which was translated as, “I feel like I am home, Canadians are amazing. I feel very welcoming here.”
Other results in the UFC fight night 158:
- Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje — Gaethje def. Cerrone by TKO (punches) at 4:18 of Round One
- Nikita Krylov vs. Glover Teixeira — Teixeira def. Krylov by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
- Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes — No Contest (eye poke) at 4:03 of Round One
Michel Pereira vs. Tristan Connelly — Connelly def. Pereira by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27 x2)
- Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Uriah Hall — Hall def. Carlos Junior by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Jim Crute — Cirkunov def. Crute by submission (Peruvian necktie) at 3:38 of Round One
- Augusto Sakai vs. Marcin Tybura — Sakai def. Tybura by KO (punches) at 0:59 of Round One
- Miles Johns vs. Cole Smith — Johns def. Smith by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Marvin Vettori – Cancelled
- Hunter Azure vs. Brad Katona — Azure def. Katona by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
- Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly — Skelly def. Griffin by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
- Ryan MacDonald vs. Louis Smolka — Smolka def. MacDonald by TKO (punches) at 4:43 of Round One
- Austin Hubbard vs. Kyle Prepolec — Hubbard def. Prepolec by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)