UFC 267 was set to feature the bantamweight championship rematch between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling after their first bout ended in a controversial disqualification. While Yan vs Sterling 2 may be on hold, the former champion, Petr Yan, now takes on Cory Sandhagen for the interim bantamweight title.
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has Yan vs Sandhagen odds and set Petr as the -210 chalk and Cory as the +170 underdog option. This means that to profit $100 with a Yan victory, you’d need to lay $210, while a $100 winning bet on Sandhagen would net you $170.
Yan vs Sandhagen Odds
Odds as of October 29 at Sportsbook
To further examine these odds, our sports betting calculator tells us that Yan has an implied win probability of 67.74 percent based on his -210 odds while Sandhagen’s odds represent an implied win probability of 37.04 percent.
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Petr Yan vs Cory Sandhagen Betting Odds Analysis
This will mark the first time the “Sandman” has been an underdog since he fought John Lineker in April 2019, six fights ago, and his odds are the longest he’s ever had in the UFC. Could that be a slight against him coming off a narrow split-decision defeat to the former champion, T.J. Dillashaw, or a first-round loss to the current champion, Aljamain Sterling, a year ago? Many see a lot of value at 2:1 for Sandhagen in his first title fight.
Yan Looks To Reclaim UFC Gold
It certainly looked like “No Mercy” was going to defend his bantamweight title against Sterling in March. He was in complete control before throwing an illegal knee to a grounded opponent in the fourth round that led to a disqualification. That defeat snapped a 10-fight winning streak and marked the first time he had failed to live up to his status as a betting favorite in the UFC.
Yan vs Sandhagen Preview
Had Sandhagen beaten T.J. Dillashaw in July, which some people believe he did in a close decision, he would have been the rightful No. 1 contender, so although this bout is an interim title fight, it feels like the real thing.
Sandman is long for the division with a 70-inch reach and he does a tremendous job throwing straight strikes utilizing that length. He often fights moving backward, snapping his jab out and thwarting his opponents’ engagement. At times, he can be a little complacent, thinking that he’s done enough to win the round, a tendency that led to his loss against Dillashaw. Keeping this fight on the feet is a must if he wants to win.
Yan Is Decorated & Dangerous
No Mercy has a remarkable 15-2 record and his losses are a disqualification and a split decision he avenged nine months later. He also has a master of sport in boxing and mixed martial arts, speaking to his outstanding credentials.
Yan is very well-rounded, especially on the feet where he fights southpaw or orthodox, switching stances fluently and possessing power on both sides. He has dropped five of his eight UFC opponents and in his fight with Aljamain Sterling, he secured seven takedowns. The one area in which he has shown some vulnerabilities is when he’s pressured, which requires him to gain some respect by throwing some bombs in return.
Yan vs Sandhagen Prediction
I think this fight is going to be incredible, with both men having moments of great success and hurting their opponents in high-drama situations. I do worry that Yan will seek the takedown and maul Sandhagen on the floor, but when level changing he must watch out for that awesome flying knee that Cory often throws.
A back-and-forth affair with two well-conditioned athletes in a championship fight is all we as fans can ask for. There certainly is value on Sandhagen, but I think the fight IQ and well-rounded skill set of Yan will win out in the end.