Bantamweight title contender Cory Sandhagen returns to the cage vs Rob Font as the duo headline UFC Nashville this Saturday.
The Colorado native was supposed to challenge Umar Nurmagomedov in the main event, but Font stepped in after Umar got hurt. This bout will now happen at a 140-pound catchweight.
Sandhagen and Font will slug it out for five rounds atop a main card that also includes Tatiana Suarez and Jessica Andrade.
Sandhagen is a -300 favorite over Font (+240).
Cory Sandhagen vs Rob Font Odds
Odds as of July 31
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Odds as of July 31
Cory Sandhagen vs Rob Font Tale Of The Tape
|Fighter||Cory Sandhagen||Rob Font|
|Record||16-4 (9-3 UFC)||20-6 (10-5 UFC)|
|Avg. Fight Time||12:37||11:52|
|Sig. Strikes Per Minute||5.98||6.46|
|Sig. Strikes Absorbed Per Minute||3.90||4.03|
|Takedowns Per 15 Minutes||0.89||1.01|
Sandhagen vs Font Betting Preview: Who Has The Better Chance?
I'm high on Sandhagen, as is the rest of the betting public. Let's see what that means for our value.
How Sandhagen Wins
Cory is dynamic, durable and hitting the peak of his career — all reasons why a matchup with Umar Nurmagomedov made sense. That bout fizzled, and Sandhagen is left with Font, who has lost two of his last three fights.
Sandhagen has an excellent gas tank and he'll have no problem carrying this fight to the later rounds, but his best bet is to attack Font early. Font just came off a blistering KO of Adrian Yanez, but he's not on Cory's level.
The Sandman wins this fight with constant movement and pockets of explosiveness. He's really good at buzzing in for offense and then stepping back out to evade damage. The sooner he starts with his offense, the better, as Font won't have much of a chance if he's bleeding and tired early.
How Font Wins
Font's composure under pressure is impressive. At UFC 287, Yanez came out heavy and battered the 36-year-old's face. But Font steadied, using the clinch to fire off knees and rocking Yanez with jabs and uppercuts.
There's a chance Font KOs Sandhagen — go that direction, if you're betting him. I foresee a situation where Cory blitzes and Font comes back hard. His boxing under duress is for real, and he'll use it Saturday.
Sandhagen vs Font Betting Pick
This bout should be violent. Sandhagen will lead the dance, but Font won't shy away either. All to say, this fight ends inside the distance.
I'll take the UNDER 4.5 rounds and add a bet on Sandhagen ITD to square up the value.