On September 17, the UFC returns to our screens for a highly stacked fight night event from the Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Top-ranked UFC bantamweight prospects Cory Sandhagen and Yadong Song will lock horns in the center of the octagon for the main event of the evening.
Read on for our complete betting guide with an early preview of the UFC Vegas 60 headliner between Sandhagen and Song, including updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC Vegas 60 first look betting picks, predictions, and analysis.
Cory Sandhagen vs. Yadong Song
UFC Vegas 60 Bantamweight Main Event Bout
Saturday, September 17 – 09:55 PM EDT 2022 at Apex Center
- Pro MMA Record: 14-4-0 (6 KOs, 3 submissions, 5 decisions)
Consecutive losses aren’t something we’re used to seeing on the record of Cory Sandhagen. Still, from a tight split decision loss against T.J. Dillashaw to an interim championship loss to Petr Yan, the level of competition has never been higher.
Sandhagen is a former WKA world champion; he used his kickboxing skills to make an easy transition into MMA.
He boasts the perfect frame for the bantamweight division to continue being a problem for any competitors in his way.
The Future Is Here
When arriving on the UFC roster after three consecutive knockout victories for the LFA promotion, Sandhagen’s highlight reel continued with endless stoppages.
Including the most impressive flying knee knockout wins in MMA history over the legend Frankie Edgar.
Bantamweight OGz like T.J. Dillashaw and Frankie Edgar is still in the game, but the next decade or so will belong to the likes of Sandhagen and Yadong Song.
Next weekend will be the perfect new-gen fight and a contest you simply cannot miss.
Cory Sandhagen Combat Sports Accomplishments
- UFC Fight of the Night (Eight times)
- UFC Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar
Cory Sandhagen Best Available Odds: (-205) at BetOnline
- Pro MMA Record: 19-6-1 (8 KOs, 3 submissions, 8 decisions)
One of Asia’s brightest MMA prospects will attempt to make a statement next weekend when Yadong Song looks to take out a former title challenger in Cory Sandhagen and further edge himself towards the title picture.
Following a round one uppercut knockout over another title challenger of the past in Marlon Moraes, Song is now ranked in the top-10 of the bantamweight division, and a statement victory over Sandhagen be all he needs to gift himself a position in championship talks.
The Youngest Rising UFC Bantamweight
The 24-year-old prospect has been steadily guided by Uriah Faber and the Team Alpha Male gym.
After making his UFC at the tender age of 20, he’s gained some of the most valuable experience a young fighter could ever want by competing against some of the most notable bantamweight fighters on the planet.
Having trained in multiple disciplines, the diversity and intelligence of his fighting approach doesn’t reflect his young age, and he unquestionably owns a bright future in the sport.
Yadong Song Combat Sports Accomplishments
- UFC Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Marlon Vera
- UFC Performance of the Night (Four times)
- 2011 Sanda Championship winner – 1st place
- 2011 National Muay Thai Championship – 5th place
- 2012 Shanghai Jiu-Jitsu Open – 4th place
Yadong Song Best Available Odds: (+175) at BetOnline
Sandhagen vs. Song: Breakdown and Analysis
Sandhagen Fight Style and How Can Sandhagen Defeat Song?
Sandhagen fights behind fundamental kickboxing skills, but alongside those key fundamentals in his offense, you’ll also see an unorthodox approach that throws some of the wildest strikes like wheel kicks, flying knees, and spin kicks.
Lateral movement, incredible feints, often switching stances, it’s hard to discredit Sandhagen. However, he’ll need more than kickboxing combinations to outsmart his opponent this weekend.
Song’s Fight Style and How Can Song Defeat Sandhagen?
Song is a technical striker in his own right, but he owns the lights-out type of power from his counter hooks. He sits down on his punches behind sheer strength that has gifted the Chinese fighter with 4 knockouts inside the UFC octagon to date.
He tends to throw a counter uppercut that can easily be countered with straight jabs, something that would play right into the hands of Sandhagen, who has a near 6ft stature.
Takedown defense and the scrambling ability of Song are top-tier; he’s fought around the world at such a young age and is undoubtedly a future star.
Can he overcome the striking skills of Sandhagen? That’s the most challenging question to answer.
Sandhagen vs. Song: Prediction and Odds
The available UFC odds at the top-rated sportsbooks favor Sandhagen, and I understand his experience and resume are much more impressive than Song's. However, -200 feels a little steep, in my opinion, and the rapid rate of the Chinaman’s in-octagon growth has been unprecedented.
Both men have such a dangerous ability to finish a fight, but they’ve equally presented some of the most exceptional durability at 135lbs. For this reason, the over 2.5 or over 3.5 rounds is a wagering position I’d be looking towards.
The odds haven’t been updated at the time of writing but be sure to check back for an update.
UFC Vegas 60 Main Card
- Cory Sandhagen vs. Yadong Song [UFC bantamweight main event bout]
- Chidi Njokuani vs. Gregory Rodriguez [UFC middleweight co-main event bout]
- Tanner Boser vs. Rodrigo Nascimento [UFC heavyweight bout]
- Aspen Ladd vs. Sara McMann [UFC bantamweight bout]
- Andre Fili vs. Bill Algeo [UFC featherweight bout]
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