Tai Tuivasa to Face Augusto Sakai at UFC Fight Night 198 on Nov. 20

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 12, 2021

A heavyweight tilt pitting Tai Tuivasa against Augusto Sakai is scheduled to go down at UFC Fight Night 198.

The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the booking on Tuesday. Tuivasa was originally slated to face Walt Harris at UFC 267, but that pairing was scrapped for undisclosed reasons. UFC Fight Night 198 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by a women’s bantamweight bout between Miesha Tate and Ketlen Vieira. .

Tuivasa is currently on the second three-fight winning streak of his promotional tenure, with a trio of first-round KO/TKO victories against Stefan Struve, Harry Hunsucker and Greg Hardy to his credit. The 28-year-old Aussie began his UFC career with three straight victories before going on a three-bout skid. “Bam Bam” is 12-3 as a professional overall, with 11 triumphs coming via KO or TKO. .

Sakai, meanwhile, earned a deal on the Brazilian version of the Contender Series and opened his UFC tenure with four consecutive triumphs The Brazilian has fallen on hard times of late, dropping back-to-back fights against Alistair Overeem and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. .

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