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UFC Struggle Night time predictions — Cory Sandhagen vs. Yadong Music: Struggle card, odds, begin time, stay stream

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An unofficial bantamweight Grand Prix makes its subsequent cease on the UFC Apex on Saturday night time. Cory Sandhagen vs. Music Yadong headlines a UFC Struggle Night time card with the intention of finding out the bantamweight elite.

Sandhagen (14-4) was pivotal in elevating the 135-pound division as one of the deeply aggressive and fiercely thrilling within the sport. An exhilarating mix of artistic strikes and offensive grappling has earned him three efficiency bonuses in his final 4 fights. Spotlight reel knockouts of Frankie Edgar and Marlon Moraes are sometimes celebrated, however Sandhagen has struggled on the very prime of the division. Losses to Petr Yan, T.J. Dillashaw and Aljamain Sterling have solid doubt over his ceiling. Sandhagen, who fought thrice final 12 months, took an 11-month hiatus from competitors in quest of a vital puzzle piece.

“It was a good time away,” Sandhagen instructed reporters at Wednesday’s struggle week media day. “It was positively wanted. I simply wished to develop a number of the expertise that I wanted to develop that I really feel that I really want with a view to be a champ. Misplaced a few shut ones just lately, so obtained sort of sick of that, so wished to repair that. It was good time away. I actually wanted it with a view to grow to be an precise champion.

“I do suppose [Yadong] is nice, and he brings a hazard that it is simple for me to get up for and stand up within the mornings.”

Yadong (19-6-1, 1 NC) has been pining for a possibility like this for a very long time. A prized pupil of UFC Corridor of Famer Urijah Faber, Yadong is understood for his ferocious knockout energy. Current stoppages of Marlon Moraes and Julio Arce counsel that Yadong is changing into more proficient at discovering these fight-ending pictures on the UFC stage. A win over Sandhagen probably elevates the Chinese language fighter from No. 10 to a prime 5 spot and places him inside placing vary of a UFC bantamweight title shot.

“I believe if I end Cory, I believe I obtained the title struggle,” Yadong instructed reporters on Wednesday. “If not, another. Only one extra… He misplaced two fights in a row, however he is nonetheless harmful. He is misplaced to prime fighters. He is nonetheless good.”

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Chidi Njokuani and Gregory Rodrigues are certain to serve up a stoppage on Saturday night time. Njoukani has been on an absolute tear since departing Bellator in 2019. 4 straight finishes, together with two first-round knockouts within the UFC, are giving him a tidy repute as hand on any foremost card. Njokuani is a variable risk on the ft with finishes through punches, kicks, elbows and knees to the top and physique. Rodrigues was as soon as famed jiu-jitsu specialist Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s jiu-jitsu coach. He has discovered his personal punching energy in recent times, awarding him knockouts over Julian Marquez and Jun Yong Park within the UFC.

The remainder of the undercard fills out with a featherweight showdown between Andre Fili and Invoice Algeo, a middleweight battle between Joe Pyfer and Alen Amedovski, a heavyweight tilt between Tanner Boser and Rodrigo Nascimento Ferreira and a middleweight contest between Anthony Hernandez and Marc-Andre Barriault.

Here is the struggle card for UFC Struggle Night time with the newest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

UFC Struggle Night time card, odds

Cory Sandahgen -195 Yadong Music +165 Bantamweight
Chidi Njokuani -115 Gregory Rodrigues -105 Middleweight
Andre Fili -120 Invoice Algeo +100 Featherweight
Joe Pyfer -450 Alen Amedovski +350 Middleweight
Tanner Boser -175 Rodrigo Nascimento Ferreira +150 Heavyweight
Anthony Hernandez -175 Marc-Andre Barriault +150 Middleweight

UFC Struggle Night time viewing info

Date: Sept. 17 | Begin time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: UFC Apex — Las Vegas
TV channel: ESPN+

Prediction

Cory Sandhagen vs. Yadong Music: That is actually strong matchmaking. Sandhagen wants reinvention away from the bantamweight prime 5 and Yadong is overdue for a possibility like this. Yadong seems to have cracked the code for translating his depraved energy to UFC-level competitors. Sandhagen has a sturdy chin that not even former champion Yan has managed to place down. Sandhagen’s dynamic type leaves him weak to absorbing strikes. It has value him rounds even when his chin holds up. Sandhagen is 2-2 contained in the Octagon when fights go the gap and has one cut up choice on each ends. Yadong has usually ended up on the great facet of the judges, however this occasion marks the primary five-round struggle of his skilled profession. Each males make use of various gameplans safeguarded by sturdy chins. Sandhagen’s expertise combating more durable opposition ought to give him the sting he wants however anticipate Yadong to shave off a spherical or two. Sandhagen through UD

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