Get ready for an explosive matchup in the bantamweight division as Marlon Vera and Cory Sandhagen step into the Octagon to face off at UFC San Antonio. With both fighters coming off impressive victories, this pivotal bout promises to be one of the most exciting matchups of the year.
Marlon Vera and Cory Sandhagen weighed themselves for their fight earlier today, which might decide who will contend for the men's bantamweight title in the future.
The first two competitors to show up at Friday's official weigh-ins for Saturday's bout, which takes place at AT&T Centre, were the headliners of UFC San Antonio. Vera clocked in at 136 pounds and Sandhagen was right behind him at 135.5 pounds.
Vera currently ranked #3, also known as "Chito," is a rising star in the bantamweight division. He has an impressive record of 20-7-1 and has won four of his last five fights. His most recent victory was a 4th-round KO over Dominick Cruz at UFC San Diego in August 2022. Vera is a dangerous striker who can finish a fight at any moment. He also has a solid ground game, with 8 submission victories in his career.
Sandhagen currently ranked #5, on the other hand, is coming off a spectacular performance against Song Yadong. Sandhagen put on a striking clinic, winning via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) by the end of round 4. With a record of 15-4, Sandhagen has won two of his last four fights, including victories over Frankie Edgar and Song Yadong.
He suffered 2 consecutive losses in between these 2 wins. One is against former champion TJ Dillashaw and the second one was against Petr Yan in an interim title fight. He is known for his dynamic striking, with seven of his wins coming by knockout.
This fight is a critical one for both fighters, as a victory could potentially earn them a shot at the bantamweight title. Vera has been vocal about his desire to fight for the belt, and a win over Sandhagen would certainly put him in contention. Sandhagen, meanwhile, is looking to show that he is still a top contender in the division.
While both fighters have a similar striking style, they also have different strengths that could make the difference in this matchup. Vera's ground game could prove to be a challenge for Sandhagen, who has struggled in the past with wrestlers. However, Sandhagen's reach advantage and dynamic striking could give him an edge in the stand-up game.
Regardless of the outcome, fans are in for a treat with this matchup. Both Vera and Sandhagen are exciting fighters who are always looking to finish their opponents. With so much on the line, this fight promises to be a must-watch for any UFC fan.
So, mark your calendars for UFC San Antonio on March 26th, as Marlon Vera and Cory Sandhagen step into the Octagon for what is sure to be an explosive and pivotal bantamweight bout.