|Born||October 7, 1989|
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
|Other names||Ulka (, Uruka)|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||126 lb (57 kg; 9.0 st)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, BJJ, Shootfighting|
|Fighting out of||Garden City, New York, USA|
|Team||Longo and Weidman MMA|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable school(s)||Hiry? High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Yuta "Ulka" Sasaki ( , Sasaki Y?ta, born October 7, 1989) is a Japanese mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Rizin Fighting Federation. A professional competitor since 2010, he formerly competed for Ultimate Fighting Championship, Shooto, DEEP, and Vale Tudo Japan. He is the former Shooto Pacific Rim (132 lbs) Champion.
Born and raised in Shizuoka, Sasaki was a talented wrestler and also began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from a young age. He wrestled for three seasons at Hiryu High School, finishing in the top 16 at the All-Japan High School Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships, and in 2009 Sasaki won the All-Japan Combat Wrestling Open Championships for the under 66 kg division. That same year, he also finished second at the All-Japan Amateur Shooto Championships. Later in 2013, Sasaki won the ADCC Japan Trial for the under 66 kg division.
Sasaki faced Yo Saito on December 18, 2010, at Shooto: The Rookie Tournament 2010 Final. He defeated Saito via unanimous decision after two rounds and became the 2010 Shooto 143-pound rookie champion.
Sasaki faced Tetsu Suzuki on January 20, 2013, at Shooto: 1st Round 2013 for the Shooto Pacific Rim 132-pound title. He won via unanimous decision and became the new champion.
Sasaki defended his title on July 27, 2013, at Shooto: 3rd Round 2013 against Kenji Yamamoto. He won via knockout at 11 seconds in the first round and retained the title. Shortly after the bout, Sasaki relinquished his title in order to be able to fight for Shooto's world title.
In July 2014, it was announced that Sasaki had signed with the UFC. He made his debut against Roland Delorme at UFC Fight Night 48 on August 23, 2014. Sasaki won via submission in the first round. The win also earned Sasaki his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Sasaki was expected to face Matheus Nicolau on November 19, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 100. However, on November 3, Nicolau was pulled from the bout after USADA revealed a potential anti-doping violation from a sample taken October 13.
Sasaki faced Justin Scoggins on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia. Sasaki suffered almost two rounds of damage but managed to sink his arm around Scoggins' neck and submitted him via a rear-naked choke in the second round to win the fight. This fight won Sasaki his second Performance of the Night bonus award.
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||22 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||22-7-2||Shintaro Ishiwatari||Submission (north-south choke)||Rizin 17||July 28, 2019||2||8:58||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||22-6-2||Manel Kape||Decision (unanimous)||Rizin 14||December 31, 2018||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan||Catchweight (130lbs)|
|Loss||21-6-2||Alexandre Pantoja||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio||November 17, 2018||1||2:18||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Win||21-5-2||Jenel Lausa||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards||June 23, 2018||2||4:04||Kallang, Singapore|
|Loss||20-5-2||Jussier Formiga||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami||September 23, 2017||1||4:30||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||20-4-2||Justin Scoggins||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia||June 17, 2017||2||3:19||Kallang, Singapore||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||19-4-2||Wilson Reis||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 208||February 11, 2017||3||5:00||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Win||19-3-2||Willie Gates||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski||May 8, 2016||2||2:30||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Flyweight debut.|
|Loss||18-3-2||Taylor Lapilus||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne||June 20, 2015||2||1:26||Berlin, Germany|
|Loss||18-2-2||Leandro Issa||Submission (neck crank)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway||December 20, 2014||2||4:13||Barueri, Brazil|
|Win||18-1-2||Roland Delorme||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le||August 23, 2014||1||1:06||Macau, SAR, China||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||17-1-2||Hong Jung-Gi||KO (punches)||DEEP: Fujisan Festival||May 25, 2014||1||0:38||Fuji, Japan|
|Win||16-1-2||Teruto Ishihara||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Vale Tudo Japan 4th||February 23, 2014||2||1:46||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15-1-2||Keisuke Fujiwara||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: 1st Round 2014||January 13, 2014||1||4:35||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||14-1-2||Geun Do Park||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Vale Tudo Japan 3rd||October 5, 2013||1||1:36||Ota, Japan|
|Win||13-1-2||Kenji Yamamoto||KO (punch)||Shooto: 3rd Round 2013||July 27, 2013||1||0:11||Tokyo, Japan||Defended the Shooto Pacific Rim 132 lbs Championship.|
|Win||12-1-2||Kota Onojima||Decision (majority)||Shooto: Gig Tokyo 14||April 21, 2013||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Non-title bout.|
|Win||11-1-2||Tetsu Suzuki||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 1st Round 2013||January 20, 2013||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won the Shooto Pacific Rim 132 lbs Championship.|
|Draw||10-1-2||Manabu Inoue||Draw (majority)||Shooto: 12th Round||November 11, 2012||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10-1-1||Teruyuki Matsumoto||Submission (guillotine choke)||Shooto: Gig Tokyo 10||June 30, 2012||1||0:42||Tokyo, Japan||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||9-1-1||Kazuhiro Ito||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: Gig Tokyo 9||April 14, 2012||2||3:34||Tokyo, Japan||Bantamweight debut.|
|Win||8-1-1||Satoshi Watanabe||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: Fujisan Festival||January 29, 2012||2||5:00||Fuji, Japan|
|Loss||7-1-1||Guy Delumeau||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Shootor's Legacy 4||September 23, 2011||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7-0-1||Kosuke Kindaichi||Decision (majority)||Shooto: Shootor's Legacy 3||July 18, 2011||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6-0-1||Yoshifumi Nakamura||Decision (majority)||Shooto: Shootor's Legacy 2||April 1, 2011||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||5-0-1||Yusuke Kagiyama||Draw||DEEP: Shizuoka Impact 2011||February 6, 2011||2||5:00||Shizuoka, Japan|
|Win||5-0||Yo Saito||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: The Rookie Tournament 2010 Final||December 18, 2010||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won the 2010 Shooto Rookie (143 lbs) Championship.|
|Win||4-0||Motohiro Takenawa||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Kitazawa Shooto Vol. 4||September 17, 2010||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3-0||Keiji Sakuta||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GCM: Cage Force Preliminary Festival 1||July 25, 2010||3||1:03||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2-0||Shinji Maeguchi||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: Gig Central 20||June 13, 2010||2||1:24||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||1-0||Atsushi Masukura||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GCM: Cage Force 16||April 11, 2010||1||0:30||Tokyo, Japan||Featherweight debut.|