MMA Preview – Cory Sandhagen vs Yadong Song at UFC Vegas 60
CORY SANDHAGEN VS YADONG SONG FACTS
When is UFC Fight Night 210? Saturday 17th September, 2022 - 22:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC Fight Night 210? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)
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What channel is UFC Fight Night 210 on? BT Sport 1
Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 210? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website
For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!
CORY SANDHAGEN VS YADONG SONG LOWDOWN
It is no coincidence that Cory Sandhagen (14-4) has only lost to champions in his last 12 fights. He is the real deal and since the current champ Aljamain Sterling (2020) snapped his seven-fight win streak with a submission, he has gone on to win two then lose two. He picked up spectacular knockouts, spinning wheel kicking Marlon Moraes (2020) and feeding Frankie Edgar (2021) a flying knee to stiffen the veteran. However, he then lost a razor-thin split decision to TJ Dillashaw (2021) and then a more convincing one to Petr Yan (2021).
Yadong Song (19-6-1 (1)) also has a knockout in the books over Moraes which was back in March at UFC Fight Night 203. However, that is his only appearance since he ended Julio Arce’s (2021) night with a head kick which was nearly a year ago now. Those knockouts took his UFC record to 8-1-1 and it is only enough to just creep into the top 10 rankings which tell you everything you need to know about the current state on the bantamweight division.
CORY SANDHAGEN VS YADONG SONG PREDICTION
This is the biggest opportunity of Song’s career and an odd one for Sandhagen, but he just wants to keep active as the top contenders sort themselves out. Song has more fights in the bank, but Sandhagen has accumulated some priceless experience which will only make him better.
He will boast a usual range advantage and will have three inches in height and reach on Song. He uses that range masterfully with fluid, calculated movement and he will utilize that to keep Song at a distance and frustrate him.
Song has only gone five rounds once which was back in 2017 and he lost that fight. He will not be able to outwork and out land Sandhagen, so he needs to be aggressive and break his rhythm which may leave his chin open.
We have barely seen Song use his grappling in the UFC, but Sandhagen’s takedown defence is so good that we expect the majority of this fight to remain on the feet anyway. Song has the heavy hands and is adding some brilliant combinations to the arsenal, but he will need a lapse in concentration from Sandhagen.
Song has what it takes to reach the top of the division, but Sandhagen is already there. Dillashaw and Yan and two of the best strikers we have ever seen in the bantamweight division and Song is not quite on that level yet.
Unless Song can find a home for one of his power punches or kicks, we expect Sandhagen to get stronger as the rounds go on with his movement allowing him to land more damage and he also has slick jiu-jitsu in the locker just in case the fight goes to the floor.
Prediction: Sandhagen via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)