St. Louis, Missouri – Augusto Sakai looked untouchable for 14:50 before being brought to the brink of defeat, but was still able to hold off Alex Huddleston long enough to win on the scorecards.
Bellator 145: Vengeance will take place November 6, 2015 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The event will air live in prime time on Spike TV following the preliminary card on MMA Mad. Alex Huddleston vs. Augusto Sakai took place on the preliminary portion of the card which aired live on mmamad.com
Huddleston and Sakai were just starting to warm up and exchange frequently right before Huddleston suffered a kick that went low and paused the action early in Round 1. After the break, Huddleston pressed forward more often, but his opponent was the more active fighter. Sakai was landing more often and was able to force Huddleston to drop to his knees after a hard shot in the final minute of the round.
Round 2 began similarly to its predecessor with Huddleston refusing to stop to wading into range, forcing him to endure hard counter hooks from Sakai. Eventually Huddleston went for a mid-round takedown, but only ate hammer fists after his shot was stuffed by Sakai. The round ended with Sakai continuing to frustrate Huddleston with effective punches from the inside.
Sakai kept Huddleston at bay throughout the final round by relying on the same effective game plan, but fortunes nearly turned in the final 30 seconds. Huddleston was finally able to land an effective punch, his best of the night up to that point, and moved in with confidence. With less than 10 seconds left to compete, Sakai over-extended himself and ate a huge counter right hand that sent him stumbling backwards. Huddleston rushed forward and landed another shot that put Sakai down, but the bell sounded, ending Huddleston’s rally before he could gain the comeback victory.
The late rally kept Sakai from earning a clean sweep of the cards, but he was still able to pick up the unanimous decision with scores of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.
Augusto Sakai remains undefeated at a now 9-0 after surviving the scare from Huddleston, who is now 6-2.