MMA Preview – Andrew Sanchez vs Markus Perez at UFC Fight Night 135

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 135? Sunday 26th August, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 135? Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska

What channel is UFC Fight Night 135 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 135? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 135? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

LAST EIGHT FIGHTS

ANDREW SANCHEZ

MARKUS PEREZ

2017

Ryan Janes
UFC

L
(TKO)

W
(SUB)

James Bochnovic
UFC

2018

2017

Anthony Smith
UFC

L
(KO)

L
(DEC)

Eryk Anders
UFC

2017

2016

Trevor Smith
UFC

W
(DEC)

W
(SUB)

Ian Heinisch
LFA

2017

2016

Khalil Rountree
UFC

W
(DEC)

W
(DEC)

Ildemar Alcantara
AFGC

2016

2015

John Poppie
RFA

W
(TKO)

W
(DEC)

Paulo Thiago
Thunder Fight

2016

THE BREAKDOWN

Sanchez has stalled since winning The Ultimate Fighter as a light heavyweight and has suffered two devastating knockouts in his last two fights. He is desperate to rejuvenate the form that earned him a UFC contract but he has a tough assignment in Perez.

Perez blasted onto the UFC scene unbeaten in his nine fights and bounced back from his debut loss with a brilliant performance against Bochnovic. He knows a good win against Sanchez will solidify his place on the roster and set up a bigger name in his next fight.

Fighting as a middleweight, Sanchez is big for the division and they both possess knockout power but as they are very well-rounded, this fight really could end anywhere. With two losses in a row, Sanchez may try and play it safe by grinding out a victory but Perez is dangerous everywhere.

Prediction: Sanchez via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.