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UFC Combat Night time predictions — Marlon Vera vs. Cory Sandhagen: Combat card, begin time, odds, dwell stream

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The bantamweight division continues to face out amongst UFC’s most fun weight lessons with fights like Marlon Vera vs. Cory Sandhagen. Their final six mixed wins embrace finishes by way of flying knee, spinning wheel kick, entrance kick and head kick. Each intend so as to add to their violent catalogue in the primary occasion of UFC Combat Night time in San Antonio on Saturday.

Vera (20-7-1) is starting to ascertain himself as an plain pressure at 135 kilos with 4 consecutive wins in opposition to the likes of Dominick Cruz, Rob Font and Frankie Edgar. Nonetheless, there may be work left to do among the many crowded bantamweight elite with Henry Cejudo difficult for the title, plus Sean O’Malley and Merab Dvalishvili on standby. Vera rejects the politics at play and stays centered on Sandhagen with lethal precision.

“You have acquired O’Malley at No. 1 after he beat [Petr] Yan. Now you have acquired Merab at No. 1 after he beat him,” Vera informed reporters at Wednesday’s media day. “Yan wasn’t at No. 1 after his final battle, however you beat the man then you definitely go to No. 1? So it actually would not f—ing matter. You may be No. 10 and battle for the title. It is no matter the f— UFC desires to do at this level. I am OK with that.

“I get up each morning pondering there’s plenty of jobs to get finished. It would not matter who’s in entrance of me. I simply deal with getting higher, and I have been exhibiting that battle to battle.”

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Sandhagen (15-4) was burdened by lofty expectations from followers and analysts who dubbed him a future world champion. His dynamic performances over Marlon Moraes, Edgar and, most lately, Track Yadong proceed to encourage confidence from his supporters, however he has fallen quick repeatedly in opposition to the perfect. Trying to construct his personal case for a title shot, Sandhagen thinks he is aware of precisely learn how to exploit Vera.

“He is a really grounded fighter. He would not depend on his footwork to win and that is tremendous. That is nice,” Sandhagen informed CBS Sports activities. “I depend on my footwork to win. So I suppose that is most likely the most important distinction there. You noticed it in opposition to [Dominick] Cruz. Cruz was giving him some bother. Cruz would not actually have the best guard on the planet. His fingers do not actually come again to his face a lot. So there’s that mistake. I do suppose that I am a a lot higher defensive fighter. Possibly I will not say a lot better, however I am a higher defensive fighter than Cruz I believe simply because I’ve higher hand positioning and a greater guard.

“I suppose ‘Chito’ goes to strain me. He will attempt to make it sort of an unpleasant battle. I believe he will attempt to do his greatest to put on on me. He will attempt to do his greatest to make me transfer my ft in order that I run out of vitality. I will do my greatest to not let any of these issues occur. I am able to take the battle wherever the battle must go. I am a quiet, humble sort of man. So I do not actually get to indicate the canine that is inside me generally. In my final couple [of fights], I sort of have. But when that is what I acquired to do to win, that is what I will do to win. So I am prepared for nevertheless ugly or nevertheless stunning Saturday evening it’s. I am prepared for each of them.”

Take a look at the complete interview with Cory Sandhagen under.

Vera vs. Sandhagen was initially set to headline a limited-capacity occasion on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas; in the meantime, Raquel Pennington vs. Irene Aldana was rumored to headline the San Antonio card. There was a substantial on-line backlash to the concept of dynamic fighters Vera and Sandhagen preventing and not using a full home. The bantamweight tilt was quickly after promoted to the San Antonio most important occasion.

“I thought that that was so superior and I actually suppose it had an enormous deal to do with why they moved it to San Antonio,” Sandhagen mentioned. “The UFC listened to them. I get flattered by that, man. I’ve a horrible sense of public picture. I do not who’s sizzling or who’s not. I simply know that my algorithm is my algorithm. However I believe that it tells me that I should be doing one thing proper so far as being a badass fighter so that individuals wish to watch me be a most important occasion in an area in order that they’ll truly come. So I used to be flattered, man. I believe it is occurring in opposition to a very nice opponent for it. I am actually flattered and actually grateful for that.”

Under is the remainder of the battle card for Saturday evening with the most recent odds from Caesars Sportsbook earlier than we get to a prediction and decide on the primary occasion.

UFC Combat Night time card, odds

Cory Sandhagen -170 Marlon Vera +145 Bantamweight
Holly Holm -240 Yana Santos +200 Girls’s bantamweight
Nate Landwehr -200 Austin Lingo +170 Featherweight
Maycee Barber -270 Andrea Lee +220 Girls’s flyweight
Manel Kape -180 Alex Perez +155 Flyweight
Chidi Njokuani -155 Albert Duraev +130 Middleweight

UFC Combat Night time viewing info

Date: March 25 | Begin time: 7 p.m. ET (most important card)
Location: AT&T Middle – San Antonio, Texas
TV channel: ESPN | Dwell stream: fuboTV (Attempt at no cost)

Prediction

Marlon Vera vs. Cory Sandhagen: Sandhagen’s 5 rounds with Yan ought to serve him nicely on Saturday. Each Vera and Yan are gradual starters who want time to make reads on opponents earlier than discovering the timing and angles to land with fight-changing energy. Sandhagen is supremely sturdy, well-conditioned and dynamic as a stand-up and floor fighter. His fast first-round submission loss to Aljamain Sterling was very regarding, but it surely stays an outlier so far as Sandhagen getting run over. Vera is a ferocious fighter with eight knockouts and eight submissions on his report. The issue Vera faces is that he would not have dependable takedowns to arrange these submissions. He lands a median of 0.68 takedowns per quarter-hour with an accuracy fee of 68%. Sandhagen’s less-than-stellar 63% takedown protection might encourage Vera to shoot, however the actuality is neither fighter is especially efficient at wrestling. If Sandhagen can financial institution the primary three rounds, his stamina and toughness ought to carry him by Vera’s late storms. Sandhagen by way of UD

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