The bantamweight division is set to entertain one week after the women’s bantamweight closed the UFC show.
This week, former title challenger Marlon Moraes looks to inch closer to returning to the top of the division while Cory Sandhagen hopes a win over Moraes puts him in the title conversation as well. We have a full preview and the betting odds for UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs Sandhagen, which is once again at Yas Island (Fight Island), on Saturday, October 10.
After losing to Henry Cejudo in June 2019, “Magic” Moraes returned to the win column with a controversial split decision, but it was his opponent Jose Aldo who went on to fight for the title while Moraes waited in the wings. If he gets a second win, he may be next in line after Aljamain Sterling for the next championship bout.
Sandhagen looks to take a recent chapter from Moraes’ book and get back in the win column himself after his seven-fight win streak was snapped in his last appearance against the aforementioned Sterling. That bout was a No. 1 contender fight so Sandhagen now takes a small step backward but gets an opportunity to knock off a former champ.
Online sportsbook Bovada has released the UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs Sandhagen betting odds and has listed Sandhagen as the -140 challenger with Moraes coming back at +110. That means you would have to wager $140 to profit $100 with a Sandhagen victory while betting $100 on Moraes would profit you $110. You can find out all your potential winnings with our sports betting calculator.
UFC Fight Island 5: Moraes vs Sandhagen Betting Odds
UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs Sandhagen Broadcast Information
Marlon Moraes vs Cory Sandhagen Betting Odds
After spending four years in WSOF putting together a perfect record of 11-0, Moraes (+110) finally got his crack at the UFC and lost his debut by split decision, but he didn’t lose again until five fights later against Henry Cejudo. Sandhagen (-140) also had a successful career outside the UFC, but unlike Moraes, he didn’t endure his first setback in the UFC until June of this year when he was submitted by now-No. 1 contender Aljamain Sterling.
Prediction: Marlon Moraes (+110) via knockout
Edson Barboza vs Makwan Amirkhani
Following an unsuccessful, albeit close, debut in the featherweight division, Edson Barboza (-280) is looking for a better result in his second bout in his new weight class and an end to his three-fight losing slide. Meanwhile, Makwan Amirkhani (+220) continues to try to find his footing coming off a first-round submission win in July.
Prediction: Edson Barboza (-280) via knockout
Ben Rothwell vs Marcin Tybura
A winning streak will come to a close when these heavyweights enter the cage. Ben Rothwell (-155) snapped his three-fight losing skid in December of last year and followed that up with a split-decision win over Ovince St. Preux in May. Similarly, Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (+125) had lost four of five fights but has two unanimous-decision victories in 2020.
Prediction: Ben Rothwell (-155) via knockout
Markus Perez vs Dricus Du Plessis
|Dricus Du Plessis||-170|
Set to make his UFC debut is South Africa’s Dricus “Stilknocks” Du Plessis (-170), who has won 10 of his last 11 fights. Markus “Maluko” Perez (+140) has been on a win-one, lose-one streak in his five fights in the Octagon, most recently losing a decision to Wellington Turman.
Prediction: Dricus Du Plessis (-170) via decision
Tom Aspinall vs Alan Baudot
Returning to the cage after his 45-second knockout victory in his UFC debut is Tom Aspinall (-700), who lays a four-fight winning streak on the line. His opponent, Alan “The Black Samurai” Baudot (+450), is ready to make his UFC debut and looks to extend his two-fight winning streak.
Prediction: Tom Aspinall (-700) via knockout
Youssef Zalal vs Ilia Topuria
Two exciting prospects with lengthy winning streaks will open up the main card. Undefeated Ilia Topuria (+140) will be making his UFC debut with all eight of his wins being finishes. Youssef “The Moroccan Devil” Zalal (-170) made his UFC debut in February and has already notched three victories in the Octagon.
Prediction: Youssef Zalal (-170) via knockout
UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs Sandhagen Predictions & Odds
|Bantamweight - Marlon Moraes||+110|
|Featherweight - Edson Barboza||-280|
|Heavyweight - Ben Rothwell||-155|
|Middleweight - Dricus Du Plessis||-170|
|Heavyweight - Tom Aspinall||-700|
|Featherweight - Youssef Zalal||-170|
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