Andrew Sanchez is favored over Markus Perez at UFC Fight Night 135 on Saturday night in Lincoln, Nebraska. This event is one of four on the FS2 portion of the preliminary card. Sanchez is 9-4 in his career, while Perez is 10-1 in his career. There are a total of six fights on the main card on FS1, with the headliner a bout between Justin Gaethje and James Vick. There are also a total of seven fights on the preliminary card with four on FS2 and three on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the bout between Sanchez and Perez and UFC predictions.
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Andrew Sanchez (9-4, 2-2 UFC)
Sanchez came into the UFC with a record of 7-2 and he has two wins and two losses in the UFC. He defeated Khalil Rountree by unanimous decision and Trevor Smith by unanimous decision while losing to Anthony Smith by KO and Ryan James by TKO. Sanchez has been a pro since 2012 and has five wins by TKO/KO and two by submission. He has four first round finishes. Sanchez has yet to prove he can beat quality fighters, as before the UFC he lost to UFC veterans Kevin Casey and Dustin Jacoby.
Markus Perez (10-1, 1-1 UFC)
Perez came into the UFC with a record of 9-0 and he has one win and one loss in the UFC. He defeated James Bochnovic by submission while losing to Eryk Anders by unanimous decision. Perez has been a pro since 2013 and has three wins by TKO/KO and four by submission. Two of those submission were by RNC, one by arm triangle and one by kneebar. He has five first round finishes. He has some good wins in his career, including victories over UFC veterans Ildemar Alcantara and Paulo Thiago.
Strikes landed per minute: Sanchez 4.81 / Perez 1.75
Accuracy: Sanchez 49% / Perez 53%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Sanchez 5.16/ Perez 4.21
Defense: Sanchez 47% / Perez 44%
Takedown average: Sanchez 3.56 / Perez 2.31
Accuracy: Sanchez 44% / Perez 50%
Takedowns defended: Sanchez 100% / Perez 60%
Submission average: Sanchez 0.0 / Perez 2.3
Oddmakers have Sanchez as a -125 favorite, but he has been struggling of late in the UFC with two straight losses. He has also not fought since late last year. The only loss for Perez in his career came against Anders and if you look at the odds above you’ll notice Anders a huge favorite in this fight on Saturday. I am a little surprised that Perez is listed as the underdog in this fight. I think taking the plus price is the way to go.
I also think that the total rounds are worth a look. Both Sanchez and Perez are known for finishes. Sanchez has finished nearly half of his fights and Perez has finished seven of his ten wins and he has five first round knockouts. I will also take the rounds to go under the total.
UFC Fight Night 135 takes place on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. The main card has six fights on FS1, featuring Justin Gaethje taking on James Vick. There are seven fights on the preliminary card with four on FS2 and three on UFC Fight Pass.
Main Card (FS1)
Lightweight – James Vick -160 vs. Justin Gaethje
Featherweight – Michael Johnson -145 vs. Andre Fili
Women’s Strawweight – Angela Hill -135 vs. Cortney Casey
Welterweight - Bryan Barberena -525 vs. Jake Ellenberger
Flyweight - Deiveson Figueiredo -160 vs. John Moraga
Middleweight – Eryk Anders -1000 vs. Tim Williams
Preliminary Card (FS2)
Welterweight - Warlley Alves -390 vs. James Krause
Bantamweight - Cory Sandhagen -260 vs. Iuri Alcântara
Middleweight – Andrew Sanchez -125 vs. Markus Perez
Welterweight – Mickey Gall -335 vs. George Sullivan
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women’s Flyweight – Joanne Calderwood -170 vs. Kalindra Faria
Lightweight – Drew Dober -200 vs. Jon Tuck
Bantamweight – Rani Yahya – 120 vs. Luke Sanders
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