UFC Fight Night returns to the Apex facility in Las Vegas to feature a handful of exciting fights. The big names are not the same as the last couple of weeks but there that doesn’t mean there won’t be fireworks. Let’s take a look at three fights that are set to be the best of the best and see if we can find some betting value.
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Cory Sandhagen vs. Song Yadong
Odds At BAS: Sandhagen -205
The main event features two bantamweight fighters that could genuinely push themselves into title contention with a win. The No. 4 ranked Sandhagen does have a loss on his record to the current division champ, Aljamin Sterling, but he’s still not far off from another shot at him.
Meanwhile, Yadong has lost just once out of his 10 UFC fights. He’s a fighter with explosive striking that has shown tremendous knockout power over his professional career. This knockout power will be tested against Sandhagen – especially because Sandhagen has an excellent ground game as evidenced by his three submission victories over his career.
The current bantamweight champion has to be tuning into this bout, as he could potentially be facing off with the winner of this fight soon enough. Still, it feels like Sandhagen will avoid this street fight and take it to the ground and win.
Pick: Sandhagen -205
Chidi Njokuani vs. Gregory Rodrigues
Odds At BAS: Rodrigues -120
Chidi Njokuani takes on Gregory Rodrigues in this middleweight co-headliner. Njokuani was able to net himself a UFC contract after winning Dana White’s Contender Series and hasn’t looked back. He was able to knock out Marc-Andre Barriault in just 16 seconds then knocked out Dusko Todorovic three months later. He’s been a joy to watch every time that he’s stepped into the Octagon since coming into the UFC.
As for Rodrigues, he’s worked up to a solid 3-1 record throughout his career. Similar to Chidi, Gregory has knockout power of his own. He’s scored knockouts against Julian Marquez and Jun Yong Park, with his sole loss coming against Arman Petrosyan back in February.
These are two very explosive fighters that could turn this bout into the best of the night. Neither of these men might be the most recognizable faces in the division right now, but that isn’t going to matter when they go get going. Don’t bet on this fight to go the distance.
Pick: Fight Will Not Go the Distance
Andre Fili vs. Bill Algeo
Odds At BAS: Fili -120
Two featherweights square off with one another as well with Andre Fili taking on Bill Algeo.
Fili was supposed to be fighting somebody else, but saw his opponent get replaced by Algeo about a month ago. Fili has been around the UFC for a while now but has yet to crack the top 15 in the rankings. He’s been close, it just always seems like he’s one step away. A win here could help him inch closer to making that a reality but it also might help save his career. He hasn’t registered a win in three fights and has just one in his last five. He’s also coming off a first-round knockout loss in a fight where he was a -250 favorite, so it’s hard to know how he’ll react.
On the other hand, Algeo has won two consecutive fights coming into this bout. This is a quick turnaround for him after winning in July. What’s interesting is that he beat Joanderson Brito – the last fighter that Fili fought and lost to. That makes Algeo seem like a juicy (small) dog here.