UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Song Parlay
There won’t be a UFC event next week, so MMA betting fans will need to focus extra hard on Saturday’s card. Former UFC Bantamweight Championship title challenger Cory Sandhagen will take on Yadong Song in the main event, and Sandhagen is a moderate favorite. Sandhagen is currently ranked No. 4 in the bantamweight rankings despite losing his last two bouts, while Song is ranked No. 10 and looking to move up.
UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Song will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the UFC Apex center in Enterprise, Nevada. The prelims will start at 4 p.m. ET and the main card will get underway at 7 p.m. ET with the entire promotion available exclusively on ESPN+.
UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Song Picks
Cory Sandhagen to Win Inside Distance +290 vs. Yadong Song
The last time we saw Cory Sandhagen in the Octagon, he lost a unanimous decision to Petr Yan with the interim UFC Bantamweight Championship on the line at UFC 267 last October. It was a disappointing defeat for Sandhagen as he is unlikely to get a title shot again for a while as he now has losses to Yan, Aljamain Sterling, and T.J. Dillashaw in his last five fights.
It’s fair to paint Sandhagen as an elite gatekeeper in this weight class. He earned Performance of the Night bonuses for his knockouts of Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar, and his only three losses in the UFC are to the top three bantamweights in the promotion.
Yadong Song is 8-1-1 in the UFC, and he is just 24 years old. Song earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his knockout of Moraes in March, and he also has a win over Marlon Vera to his credit. He is still in search of a true breakthrough victory though, and a win over Sandhagen would likely catapult him into the top five.
Sandhagen has a three-inch reach advantage and a two-inch reach advantage with his legs. He has impressive knockout power for a 135-pound fighter, and he should be able to lay on the punishment over five rounds. That makes Sandhagen to win by KO/TKO/Submission or DQ a great value at +290 by the UFC betting odds.
Chidi Njokuani +205 to Win by KO/TKO/DQ Over Gregory Rodrigues
It’s unlikely that this fight goes the distance. In his career, Chidi Njokuani has only had eight of his 30 fights decided by the judges. Njokuani has showcased a lot of power since joining the UFC, knocking out Marc-Andre Barriault and Dusko Todorovic in the first round to earn Performance of the Night bonuses. That has led to him getting co-main event status this week, and he will want to deliver.
Gregory Rodrigues is 3-1 in the UFC. His only loss was a split decision defeat, but he was only able to win a decision against Todorovic. Rodrigues is at a significant disadvantage here as Njokuani has a five-inch reach advantage, and that makes Njokuani a nice play at these odds.
Parlay Payout: $100 to win $1,089.50