When fighting Sagat, you wanna keep the fight up close or mid range as his Tiger Shots are too fast to keep trying to reflect, because eventually they’re start to catch while you’re recovering from reflect another tiger shot. Remember hes S Tier for a reason.
A Sagat that knows the match up is gonna make you come to him. So you gonna have to learn safe ways to close in through his Tiger Shots. When full screen you gonna want to FA/Slide to pass his Tiger Shots, you can reflect few Tiger Shots before closing in to build meter or to send low ones back at him while closing in. Never try to sit back as I said earlier the speed will catch up to you, not to mention the mix up between slow ones will throw you off, and EX ones are just hell.
Once you start getting in(mid range to close range) you watch for spacing as to not jump in and get roundhouse, Tiger Knee(depends on spacing), and Tiger Uppercut. Rose slide goes under Tiger Knee so if you read it and he does it you’re cross right under and be in the perfect position to throw or start other mix up and mind games. Rose pokes are faster than Sagat pokes and have better range, s.mk owns Sagat’s c.mk and c.hk similar to when fighting shotos. Spiral is also good to stuff his attacks on startup. Only jump in if you read Tiger Shot coming and you are mid to or close range. If he try to ultra, guess what? Rose j.lk beats it out on startup. I think does the same to TU IIRC, but remember only on startup.
Now that you’re in on Sagat you gonna wanna stay in, Sagat will be a threat always as he does good damage regardless and have an answer for anything you do if hes read you and counter, so you gonna have to outsmart/outplay him. Watch for TU on wakeup or to stuff your pokes, FADC to throw, or FADC to Ultra if hes has the meter. Always be aware of meter what he can do to limit your options. Never jump in from Long to mid range when has ultra or you will eat massive damage for free. Sagat TK have to be spaced right for them to be safe on block, if he TK at you and it hit twice or is too close punish him. If Sagat does ultra and you have ultra, just shamwow him for the counter.
That all I have for now, share your thoughts people.