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Ulka Sasaki
Yuta Sasaki
Born (1989-10-07) October 7, 1989 (age 30)
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Native name
Other namesUlka (, Uruka)
NationalityJapanese
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight126 lb (57 kg; 9.0 st)
DivisionFeatherweight
Bantamweight
Flyweight
Reach71 in (180 cm)[1]
StyleWrestling, BJJ, Shootfighting
Fighting out ofGarden City, New York, USA
TeamLongo and Weidman MMA
Years active2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total31
Wins22
By knockout2
By submission12
By decision8
Losses7
By knockout1
By submission4
By decision2
Draws2
Other information
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.

Background

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.[2]

Mixed martial arts career

Shooto

Sasaki started his professional career in 2010. He fought mainly for Shooto, but also fought for DEEP and GCM early in his career.

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Sasaki faced current ZST 132 lb champion Keisuke Fujiwara[6] on January 13, 2014, at Shooto: 1st Round 2014. He won via submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

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.[8] Sasaki won via submission in the first round. The win also earned Sasaki his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[9]

Sasaki faced Leandro Issa on December 20, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 58.[10] He lost the fight by submission in the second round.

Sasaki faced Taylor Lapilus on June 20, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 69.[11] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[12]

Sasaki faced Willie Gates May 8, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 87.[13] He won the fight via submission in the second round.[14]

Sasaki was expected to face Matheus Nicolau on November 19, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 100.[15] However, on November 3, Nicolau was pulled from the bout after USADA revealed a potential anti-doping violation from a sample taken October 13.[16]

Sasaki next faced Wilson Reis on February 11, 2017, at UFC 208.[17] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[18]

Sasaki faced Justin Scoggins on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia.[19] 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.[20] This fight won Sasaki his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[21]

Sasaki faced Jussier Formiga on September 23, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami.[22] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[23]

Sasaki was scheduled to face Magomed Bibulatov on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[24] However, Bibulatov was removed from the card due to back injury,[25] and the bout was cancelled.[26]

Sasaki faced Jenel Lausa on June 23, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 132.[27] He won the fight in round two via a rear-naked choke submission.[28]

Sasaki faced Alexandre Pantoja on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140.[29] He lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[30]

Rizin FF

Sasaki faced Manel Kape in a 130lbs catchweight bout at Rizin 14 on December 31, 2018.[31] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

Grappling

  • Abu Dhabi Combat Club
    • 2013 ADCC Asia trials 1st place - under 66 kg[34]

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 22 wins 6 losses
By knockout 2 1
By submission 12 3
By decision 8 2
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.[35]
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.

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See also

References

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  2. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Yuta-Sasaki?id=
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