Cory Sandhagen is favored against Yadong Song at UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Song on Saturday, September 17 in Las Vegas Nevada. This event is one of 16 fights on ESPN+. Sandhagen is 14-4 in his career, while Song is 19-6-1 in his career. There are a total of 16 fights, all on ESPN+ at UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Song. Let’s look at the bout between Sandhagen and Song and UFC predictions.
UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Song takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, September 17 with 16 fights, all on ESPN+.
UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Song Betting
Cory Sandhagen (14-4, 7-3 UFC)
Sandhagen came into the UFC with a record of 7-1 and he has seven wins and three losses in the UFC. He defeated Austin Arnett by TKO, Iuri Alcântara by TKO, Mario Bautista by armbar submission, John Lineker by split decision, Raphael Assunção by unanimous decision, Marlon Moraes by TKO, and Frankie Edgar by KO; while losing to Aljamain Sterling by rear-naked choke submission, T.J. Dillashaw by split decision, and Petr Yan by unanimous decision. Sandhagen has been a pro since 2015 and he has six wins by TKO/KO and three by submission. He has six first round finishes.
Sandhagen said this to ufc.com about his upcoming fight against Song, “I think he's super athletic, and I think that he's a very dangerous guy. I think that that experience is good for him, but I don't think that he's ever faced anyone — I know everyone says this every single time, but he literally hasn't faced like anyone in the top five, so I could say that definitively. It's just like, ‘I'm not letting this kid take my spot. He has plenty of years that he can, but he's not going to take my spot. He hasn't put in the time, and he hasn't put in the work that I've put in, and I'm not going to just let him walk in and take it from me. I'm a humble enough guy and smart enough guy to know that if I want to be the champ and remain the champ for a long time, I need to like fix some stuff in my game. My game is really tight. It's really solid. It's top five for sure, (but) I don't want to be top five. I don't want to go the next five, six years I have in the sport (just) in the top five. That's not what I'm interested in. That's not what I signed up for. I want to be champ. I spent the last year really hammering that down and making sure that when I come back, which is now, I can make a real run at the title.”
Yadong Song (19-6-1, 8-1-1 UFC)
Song came into the UFC with a record of 11-5 and he has eight wins, one loss, and one draw in the UFC. He defeated Bharat Khandare by guillotine choke submission, Felipe Arantes by KO, Vince Morales by unanimous decision, Alejandro Pérez by KO, Marlon Vera by unanimous decision, Casey Kenney by split decision, Julio Arce by TKO, and Marlon Moraes by KO; while losing to Kyler Phillips by unanimous decision and fighting to a draw against Cody Stamann. Song has been a pro since 2013 and he has eight wins by TKO/KO and three by submission. He has seven first round finishes.
Strikes landed per minute: Sandhagen 6.42 / Song 4.92
Striking Accuracy: Sandhagen 44% / Song 42%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Sandhagen 4.50 / Song 3.78
Defense: Sandhagen 55% / Song 59%
Takedown average: Sandhagen 0.71 / Song 0.45
Takedown Accuracy: Sandhagen 33% / Song 42%
Takedowns defended: Sandhagen 67% / Song 60%
Submission average: Sandhagen 0.4 / Song 0.3
The question you have to answer in this fight is whether you think Song is ready to move up the ladder and face stiffer competition. Song has done very little wrong in his UFC career with just one loss, but he really hasn’t faced anyone of note. Sandhagen is right in saying that this is a huge step up in competition for Song. I think the price on Sandhagen is reasonable enough at less than 2-1, so I will take Sandhagen to get the win.
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