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Takashi Sato

Welterweight Division

16-8-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


First Round Finishes

Takashi Sato

athlete record


Learn more about Takashi Sato's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Not Fighting
Place of Birth
Trains at
Sanford MMA
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Apr. 27, 2019
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2013

  • Has won eight of his last 14

  • Eleven wins by KO, two by submission (RNC, arm triangle)

  • Ten first round finishes

  • Origin of nickname: means “Heaven” in Japanese.

UFC Fight Night (5/20/23) Sato lost a three round unanimous decision to Themba Gorimbo 

UFC on ESPN (8/6/22) Sato was knocked out by Bryan Battle at :44 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (3/19/22) Sato lost a three round unanimous decision to Gunnar Nelson

UFC on ESPN (11/28/20) Sato was submitted by Miguel Baeza via arm triangle choke at 4:28 of the second round

UFC on ESPN (6/27/20) Sato stopped Jason Witt via strikes at :48 of the first round

UFC 242 (9/7/19) Sato was submitted by Belal Muhammad via rear naked choke at 1:55 of the third round

UFC Fight Night (4/27/19) Sato stopped Ben Saunders via strikes at 1:18 of the second round

When and why did you start training for fighting? My father always liked martial arts, so because of this, I have been watching martial arts since my childhood years. So I was always interested in MMA too.When I was a junior in college, I went to an MMA event to cheer for Keita Nakamura and I was hugely affected by the experience and I just wanted to join that world.

What ranks and titles have you held? 2014 Winner of Pancrase Neo Blood Tournament (170 lbs), 2017 became Pancrase MMA welterweight champion


What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I feel that winning in UFC is one of the achievements I must accomplish in my life. Therefore, everything in my life now is about fighting in the UFC.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Economics

What was your job before you started fighting? Ever since I graduated from university I held part-time jobs, such as waiting tables, to pursue a career as a pro MMA fighter.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I competed in the judo national championships when I was in university.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: 2nd degree black belt in judo.

Favorite grappling technique: Judo throw.

Favorite Striking technique: Jab and straigh