By the Numbers: Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai

By Mark Raymundo Apr 26, 2019


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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has nothing left to prove inside the Octagon -- except maybe the fire to extend his career as he faces up-and-coming Augusto Sakai at UFC Fight Night 150. Get some insight on their bout through the numbers below.

Age and overall experience

When Sakai made his professional debut on Oct. 15, 2011, Arlovski was preparing for his 26th professional bout. Sakai will be celebrating his 27th birthday on May 19, a little less than a month after his match with Arlovski, who will be coming into that bout a 40-year-old veteran. “The Pitbull” currently sports a record of 27-17, with two no contests, and has fought all over the world against the best in his division. Meanwhile, Sakai will be only be going for his 15th professional fight on April 27.

Octagon appearances

Arlovski made a successful Octagon debut with a 0:55 submission of Aaron Brink at UFC 28. He went on to beat Tim Sylvia for the UFC interim heavyweight title, and was later promoted to undisputed champion. Arlovski lost the belt to Sylvia in a rematch and fell short again in a rubber match. With a record of 10-4, he bowed out from the promotion.

On his return at UFC 174, he earned a split decision victory over Brendan Schaub, and then fought 13 times more. His UFC record now stands at 16-11, with one no contest. His counterpart, on the other hand, will be going for his second UFC fight after an impressive debut where he knocked out Chase Sherman.

Finishing rate

Sakai may have much less experience than Arlovski, but he does have a higher finishing rate at 83 percent. Ten of his 12 career victories came by KO or TKO. With 17 wins by KO or TKO and three by submission, Arlovski is a finisher himself and has a stoppage rate of 74 percent.

Career losses

After 13 professional fights, Sakai has lost only once, and that’s to former UFC standout Cheick Kongo in an uneventful affair at Bellator 179. The heavily experienced Arlovski, on the other hand, has 17 career losses, most notably to Sylvia, Ricco Rodriguez, Pedro Rizzo, Fedor Emelianenko, Stipe Miocic, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett and Francis Ngannou.

Championship experience

Apart from the interim and regular UFC heavyweight belts, Arlovski also had an opportunity to capture the WAMMA heavyweight championship. Unfortunately, he was stopped by Fedor Emelianenko with one punch at Affliction: Day of Reckoning. For his part, Sakai has yet to challenge for a belt even in the regional circuit. Only time will tell if he is championship caliber but he does have the talent.

Fights abroad

As aforementioned, Arlovski has traveled to different parts of the world in fulfillment of his duties as a professional mixed martial arts fighter. Apart from Belarus, he has also fought in the U.S., Russia, England, Philippines, Canada, Brazil, Netherlands, Germany and Singapore. Sakai, meanwhile, has fought in the U.S., England and Brazil. Advertisement

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