USA vs Japan: Belal Muhammad, Takashi Sato fight at ‘UFC 242’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Belal Muhammad, Takashi Sato

  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
  • Title: “UFC 242”
  • Venue: The Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Date: September 7, 2019

Countries represented



  1. Carlos Diego Ferreira
  2. Davi “The Tasmanian Devil” Ramos
  3. Edson “Junior” Barboza


  1. Nordine Taleb


  1. Lerone “The Miracle” Murphy


  1. Teemu Packalen


  1. Fares “Smile Killer” Ziam


  1. Liana “Mgeli” Jojua


  1. Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar


  1. Takashi Sato


  1. Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar


  1. Omari “Wolverine” Akhmedov
  2. Muslim “King of Kung Fu” Salikhov
  3. Zubaira “Warrior” Tukhugov
  4. Mairbek “Beckan” Taisumov
  5. Shamil “Abrek” Abdurakhimov
  6. Islam Makhachev
  7. Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov


  1. Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood

South Africa

  1. Don “Magic Man” Madge

United States

  1. Zak Cummings
  2. Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad
  3. Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras
  4. Andrea “KGB” Lee
  5. Curtis “Razor” Blaydes
  6. Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder
  7. Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier

Bout #: 4 of 13 

Blue Corner

  • Name: Takashi Sato
  • Age: 29
  • Hometown: Niigata, Japan
  • Gym: Tribe Tokyo MMA, Tokyo, Japan
  • Professional MMA record before fight night: 15 wins, 2 losses
  • UFC record before fight night: 1 win, 0 loss
  • Opponents defeated in the UFC before fight night: Ben Saunders

Red Corner

  • Name: Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad
  • Age: 31
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Gym: Roufusport MMA Academy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Professional MMA record before fight night: 15 wins, 3 losses
  • UFC record before fight night: 6 wins, 3 losses
  • Opponents defeated in the UFC before fight night: Augusto Montaño, Randy Brown, Jordan Mein, Tim Means, Chance Rencountre, Curtis Millender


  • Division: Welterweight
  • Referee: Viacheslav Kiselev
  • Method: Submission via Rear-Naked Choke
  • Time and Round: 1:55 of Round 3

The main event of “UFC 242” was a  UFC Lightweight Championship title unification bout between current champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia and interim champion Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 30, of Coconut Creek, Florida, United States.

“UFC Fight Night 157” was the third UFC event to take place in Abu Dhabi. Watch the full post-fight press conference here:


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