Augusto Sakai wants a top-ranked opponent after inking a new deal with the UFC.
Sakai was hoping to replace Walt Harris against Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC on ESPN 7 in Washington, DC, on Dec. 7, but Jairzinho Rozenstruik ended up getting the short-notice opportunity.
With that option no longer available, Sakai wants another big name next.
“Anyone in the top 15, that’s what I want,” Sakai told MMA Fighting. “I thought they were going to call me to replace Walt Harris against Overeem but they went with Jairzinho, so I’m waiting. Whenever they call me, I’m ready.”
Sakai (14-1-1) is currently ranked No. 12 in the promotion’s official list after a pair of wins in 2019. The 28-year-old heavyweight has only lost once as a professional fighter, dropping a split decision to Cheick Kongo in his final Bellator appearance in May 2017.