The ex-Strikeforce champion took the fight to the ground in the third and began making headway with ground and pound, battering Sakai in that position for nearly two full rounds before getting the stop against his bloody, exhausted foe just 26 seconds into the fifth.
The smart money going in suggested that the light heavyweight bout between Alonzo Menifield and Ovince Saint Preux was a matchup of distinctly opposite styles.
11 contender Montana De La Rosa a bloody mess by the end of a unanimous victory in the second of the night’s seven bouts.
UFC Fight Night 176 Full Card Results
Brian Kelleher, Andre Muniz, Michel Pereira, Ovince Saint Preux