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UFC Vegas 59 video: Bryan Battle knocks Takashi Sato stiff in 44 seconds

The Ultimate Fighter 29 winner Bryan Battle debuted at welterweight with a thunderous knockout of Takashi Sato at UFC Vegas 59. A right head kick from Battle knocked Sato stiff, and 44 seconds after the opening bell, the TUF winner was celebrating – and calling his next shot. Check...
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UFC on ESPN 40 video: Bryan Battle’s brutal head kick KOs Takashi Sato in 44 seconds

Bryan Battle scored one of the most brutal head kick knockouts in recent memory against Takashi Sato at UFC on ESPN 40. Battle (8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 29” middleweight winner, dropped down to welterweight and had a sensational debut. He landed the perfect head kick on Sato (16-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) just 44 seconds into their bout on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
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Bryan Battle explains why he is dropping to welterweight, doesn’t expect Takashi Sato fight to go past the second round: “I’m looking to force him into mistakes”

Bryan Battle will be dropping down to welterweight after winning TUF 29 at middleweight. Battle won the show with a submission win over Gilbert Urbina, but that was after Tresean Gore had to pull out of the finale. Battle then fought Gore and beat him by decision and in the lead-up to that fight, he realized welterweight is where he belongs.
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Bryan Battle drops to welterweight, to meet Takashi Sato at UFC on ESPN 40

“The Ultimate Fighter 29” winner Bryan Battle will drop to 170 pounds for a matchup with Takashi Sato at UFC on ESPN 40. Both fighters confirmed the booking on social media following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. UFC on ESPN 40 takes place on Aug. 6 at an an as yet to be announced location and is headlined by a light heavyweight showdown between Jamahal Hill and Thiago Santos.
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UFC London results: Gunnar Nelson puts on suffocating performance to beat Takashi Sato in return to action

Nearly three years away didn’t slow down Gunnar Nelson as he put on a grappling heavy performance to dominate Takashi Sato at UFC London. Injuries kept Nelson sidelined since 2019 but he returned to form on Saturday while taking Sato down in every single round and nearly finishing the fight on several occasions. While Sato managed to survive, Nelson clearly did more than enough to get the decision with all three judges scoring the fight 30-26 in his favor.
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Takashi Sato steps in to face Gunnar Nelson at UFC London on March 19

Gunnar Nelson will still make his highly anticipated UFC return in London. Takashi Sato will replace an injured Claudio Silva and face Nelson (17-5-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) on March 19 at UFC Fight Night 204 from The O2 Arena. MMA Junkie confirmed the news following an initial report from ESPN.
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Gunnar Nelson now expected to face Takashi Sato at UFC London card

Gunnar Nelson has a new opponent for his long-awaited return to the UFC. Following an injury to Claudio Silva that forced him off the card, Takashi Sato has accepted the opportunity to face Nelson at the upcoming UFC London card scheduled on March 19. Multiple people with knowledge of the...
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