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UFC Fight Night Vera vs Sandhagen Fight Card – Battle of the Bantamweights
The UFC Fight Night Vera vs Sandhagen fight card is announced for Saturday March 25, 2023 at 6:00pm CDT. Live from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX and airs on ESPN+.
The men’s and women’s bantamweight divisions are in the spotlight at San Antonio. Top 5 bantamweights Marlon Vera and Cory Sandhagen square off to see who could indeed be the next title contender. Of course that would have to follow current bantamweight title holder, Aljamain Sterling facing off against former champion Henry Cejudo, at UFC 288 in May of this year.
UFC Fight Night Main event – Vera vs Sandhagen
Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera (20-7-1) is on a 4 fight win streak and comes off a 4th round KO/TKO win over Dominick Cruz last year. He has heavy hands and will likely look to keep this a striking war. He has a good sprawl and should be able to have success keeping this fight where he wants.
Cory Sandhagen is coming off of a 4th round TKO win over Yadong Song in September. He looked great in that fight and utilized some impressive elbows that explicitly paid dividends. Check below to see the aftermath of these strikes courtesy of the UFC/ESPN/YouTube.
co-main event – Holm vs Santos
The co-main event for this Fight Night will feature #3 Holly Holm vs #6 Yana Santos in a women’s bantamweight bout. The division is currently ruled by the pound for pound queen, Amanda Nunes. Nonetheless, a win here will likely result in a short road to a title fight.
Holly Holm is featured in our Top 10 Female UFC Fighters post. She is currently the #3 bantamweight and comes off of a very close, and controversial, split decision loss to Ketlen Vieira in May of last year. The Preacher’s Daughter is likely looking at a final run for the title as she is currently the oldest UFC active female fighter, although one of the most accomplished women in combat sports.
Yana Santos is also coming off a vicious, 1st round KO loss to Irene Aldana. However, she will likely have a lot of questions to answer as many people will expect the 8 year younger fighter to have an edge. However, it appears the oddsmakers do not agree. Accordingly, the oddsmakers have Holly Holm at -240 and Yana Santos at +200 (at the time of this post).
UFC Fight Night Vera vs Sandhagen Fight Card
Main Card (On ESPN+ at 6:00 PM CDT)
Marlon Vera #3 (20-7-1), (+145) vs Cory Sandhagen (15-4-0), (-170) – bantamweight bout
Holly Holm #3 (14-6-0), (-240) vs Yana Santos #6 (14-6-0), (+200) – women’s bantamweight bout
Nate Landwehr #15 (16-4-0), (-230) vs Austin Lingo (9-1-0), (+195) – featherweight bout
Andrea Lee #11 (13-6-0), (+230) vs Maycee Barber #13 (11-2-0), (-275) – women’s flyweight bout
Chidi Njokuani (22-8-0), (-165) vs Albert Duraev (15-4-0), (+140) – middleweight bout
Prelims (Airing on ESPN+ at 3:00PM CDT)
Alex Perez #6 (24-7-0), (+150) vs Manel Kape #9 (18-6-0), (-175) – flyweight bout
Daniel Pineda (27-14-0), (+235) vs Tucker Lutz (12-2-0), (-280) – featherweight bout
Steven Peterson (19-10-0), (-170) vs Lucas Alexander (7-3-0), (+145) – featherweight bout
Trevin Giles (15-4-0), (-110) vs Preston Parsons (10-3-0), (-110) – welterweight bout
CJ Vergara (10-4-1), (-240) vs Daniel Da Silva (11-4-0), (+200) – flyweight bout
Manuel Torres (13-2-0), (-150) vs Trey Ogden (16-5-0), (+130) – lightweight bout
Victor Altamirano (2-1-0), (-105) vs Vinicius Salvador (14-4-0), (-115) – flyweight bout
Hailey Cowan (7-2-0), (-135) vs Tamires Vidal (7-1-0), (+115) – women’s bantamweight bout
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