UFC 269: Sakai vs Tuivasa 12/11/2021 Picks, Predictions and Previews

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UFC 269 Sakai vs Tuivasa 12-11-2021 Picks Predictions and Previews

UFC 269: Sakai vs Tuivasa 12/11/2021 – The Ultimate Fighting Championship is going full blast in their biggest fight card of the month as UFC 269 takes place this Saturday, December 11. This event happens inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada where it will house a sold-out crowd. Fans can enjoy the matches through Pay Per View or UFC Fight Pass subscription. The main event is going to feature former interim flyweight champion, Dustin Poirier, going up against Charles Oliveira on his first title defense.  Augusto Sakai is fighting in the preliminaries against Tai Tuivasa at the heavyweight division. According to UFC fight odds, this is a very close battle but Tai Tuivasa has a very small edge over Augusto Sakai.

UFC 269: Sakai vs Tuivasa 12/11/2021

When: Saturday, December 11, 8:00 PM ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
TV: Pay Per View
Stream: UFC Fight Pass

UFC 269: Sakai vs Tuivasa 12/11/2021 Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Augusto Sakai -105 Tai Tuivasa -115

Augusto Sakai

Augusto Sakai is a 30-year-old fighter and he came all the way from Curitiba, Parana located in Brazil. He has been representing both the Gile Ribeiro Team and Noguchi Team in his professional bouts. Sakai stands at six-foot-four and weighs in at 256 pounds. He has been comfortable competing at heavyweight and has lost only thrice in 18 professional bouts. 11 of those wins came from knockouts. Heading to this match, Sakai looks to get back on his winning groove after losing back-to-back matches. The first loss was against Alistair Overeem and the most recent was with Jiarzihno Rozenstruik. Both matches ended in knockout defeats.

Tai Tuivasa

Tai Tuivasa goes by the ring name “Bam Bam” and this fighter’s hometown is located in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia. He has been polishing his MMA skills at the Lions High Performance Center. Tuivasa is at his prime at 28 years old and this heavyweight measures at six-foot-two while weighing 263 points. His professional record is 12-3 and he has won 11 of those bouts by way of knockout. After a three-fight slump, Tuivasa won his next three matches. Among the fighters that he defeated were Stefan Struve, Harry Hunsucker and the most recent was a first-round knockout against Greg Hardy in UFC 264.

Sakai vs Tuivasa Betting Numbers

Sakai
Tuivasa
Record 15-3-1 13-3-0
Last Fight Loss Win
Country Brazil Australia
Height 6’3″ 6’2″
Weight (lbs) 265 264
Reach (in) 77 75
Win by KO/TKO 73% 92%
Win by Submission 0% 0%
Decisions 27% 8%
Strikes landed per minute 5.1 4.48
Striking accuracy 48% 50%
Striking absorbed per minute 3.98 3.48
Striking defense 50% 51%
Takedown average 0.14 0
Takedown accuracy 50% 0%
Takedown defense 66% 46%
Submission average 0 0

Sakai vs Tuivasa Betting Picks

There is more pressure on the side of Augusto Sakai to win this match for him to stay in the top 15 of the heavyweight division. Tui Tuivasa has been on a roll and that gives him the edge in the online sportsbook to win and enter the rankings.