MMA Preview – John Lineker vs Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN+ 8

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC on ESPN+ 8? Sunday 28th April, 2019 - 00:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN+ 8? BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

What channel is UFC on ESPN+ 8 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN+ 8? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on ESPN+ 8? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

John Lineker heads to Florida for his 16th UFC fight hunting down a title shot, and with only one loss in his last nine which was to the former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, he is not far off. He has some big wins on his record and is coming off a decision over Marlon Vera and a third-round knockout over Brian Kelleher. Considering Dillashaw unceremoniously relinquished his title and has been banned for two years after getting caught using EPO, an impressive win over Cory Sandhagen will put Lineker closer to a title shot.

However, Sandhagen is a force in the bantamweight division. He is only just emerging but he has all the potential to fight at championship-level in the near future. He is on a five-fight winning streak and stands at 5’11’’ providing an awkward match-up for anyone in the division.

THE PREDICTION

Sandhagen has the arm and leg reach advantage as well as a significant eight-inch height advantage which will be important in the grappling exchanges. However, even though Lineker is a former flyweight, he is one of the heaviest hitters in the bantamweight division with legitimate one-punch knockout power and will wait for any opening to land on the chin of Sandhagen.

This is by far the toughest test of Sandhagen’s career so far but he is extremely well-rounded and continues to improve at Elevation Fight team. He has finished all five of his recent wins but considering the experience and toughness of Lineker he will do well to earn a decision, but only if he can avoid the venomous knockout power.

Winner: Sandhagen via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.