The best UFC sportsbooks have Augusto Sakai as the favorite to beat Blagoy Ivanov at UFC Fight Night 176. This will be a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on May 30, 2020 at UFC APEX – Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Augusto Sakai vs. Blagoy Ivanov Betting Lines
Betting Augusto Sakai
Let’s talk about the favorite of the best online sportsbooks first. Sakai has won his last five fights. He is coming off a KO (punches) win over Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje on September 14, 2019 (1st round, 0:59) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Sakai has ten wins by KO and five first-round finishes. His one lone loss so far came via split decision to Cheick Kongo in May 2017. Sakai is a brown belt in BJJ. He hits 45% of his strikes and 50% of his takedowns. He avoids 57% of his opponent’s strikes, and 98% of his opponent’s takedowns.
Sakai made his UFC debut against Chase Sherman on September 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 137. He won the fight by TKO in the third round. Sakai faced Andrei Arlovski next on April 27, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson. He won the bout via split decision. In his third fight for the promotion, Sakai faced Marcin Tybura on September 14, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 16. He won the fight by way of knockout in the first round. Afterward, Sakai signed a new, six-fight contract with the promotion.
Betting Blagoy Ivanov
Bagata is the underdog as designated by the best ufc sportsbooks. Ivanov has split the last four fights. He is coming off a Decision (split) loss to Derrick Lewis at UFC 244 on November 2, 2019 in New York City, New York, United States. Ivanov has six wins by KO, six by submission (3 Guillotine, keylock, 2 RNC), and eight first-round finishes. He defeated PRIDE star Kazuyuki Fujita in 2009 and Fedor Emelianenko in the semifinals of the 2008 World Sambo Championships. He owns wins over former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez and UFC veterans Lavar Johnson, Josh Copeland, and Shawn Jordan. Ivanov is a Black belt in judo as well as an International Master of Sports in Sambo. He has a 38% striking accuracy and a 63% takedown accuracy. His striking defense has a 56% effectiveness, and his takedown defense has an effectiveness of 75%.
Ivanov made his promotional debut against former UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos on July 14 at UFC Fight Night 133. He lost the fight by unanimous decision. In his second fight for the UFC, Ivanov clashed with Ben Rothwell on March 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 146. He won the fight via unanimous decision. In his third fight for Uncle Dana, Ivanov fought Tai Tuivasa on June 8, 2019 at UFC 238. He won the fight via unanimous decision. Ivanov then faced Derrick Lewis on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244. He lost the fight via split decision.
There is one name Sakai would prefer not to cross off his list unless there is a belt on the line. And that is former champion Junior dos Santos. Bear with me, I’m going somewhere with this. Sakai helped JDS prepare for the former champion’s match against Ben Rothwell. After that experience, it would be hard for Sakai to take on ‘Cigano’ in the Octagon. As I mentioned above, Ivanov lost his UFC debut precisely to Dos Santos. Therefore, for Bagata, beating Sakai might be like beating Dos Santos by proxy. A way of getting revenge indirectly. Should that make users of the best UFC sportsbooks fade Sakai. Probably not, but it’s a good story, ain’t it?