Cory Sandhagen (left) is favored in the Sandhagen vs Song odds

Sandhagen vs Song Odds & Picks: The Sandman Favored To End Losing Skid

There’s a very intriguing UFC bantamweight fight between Cory Sandhagen (14-4) and Song Yadong (19-6-1) scheduled for September 17 at the Apex in Las Vegas. The main event is scheduled for five rounds.

The UFC Vegas 60 prelims begin at 4 p.m. ET with the main card set to start at 7 p.m., where “The Sandman” is a -210 favorite in the Sandhagen vs Song odds. 

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Sandhagen vs Song Betting Notes

Song Yadong, ranked 10th at bantamweight, is an exceptional UFC talent. The Chinese fighter made his promotional debut at age 19, securing a short-notice submission victory at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai. Since then, the “Kung Fu Monkey” has slowly climbed his way up the rankings, crushing opponents in the process. He holds an 8-1-1 UFC record with five finishes.

Sandhagen, the fourth-ranked 135-pounder, has hovered near the top of the bantamweight division for a while, eventually earning an interim title shot vs Petr Yan at UFC 267. The 30-year-old is 2-3 in his last five fights but has amassed spectacular knockouts over Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar. 

This is a very exciting clash with potential title-shot ramifications.

UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Song Odds

Sportsbook lists Sandhagen as the -210 chalk, while Song is the +170 underdog. 
The biggest underdog on the card is middleweight Alen Amedovski (+365), who’s pitted against Dana White Contender Series contract Sportsbook Joe Pyfer (-525).

The tightest odds of the event can be found in a featherweight bout between Andre Fili (-120) and Billy Algeo (EVEN).

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UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Song Betting Odds & Fight Card

UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Song Betting Lines And Fight Card
  • Main Card
  • Bantamweight – Cory Sandhagen (-210) vs Song Yadong (+170)
  • Middleweight – Chidi Njokuani (-130) vs Gregory Rodrigues (+110)
  • Featherweight – Andre Fili (-120) vs Billy Algeo (EVEN)
  • Middleweight – Joe Pyfer (-525) vs Alen Amedovski (+365)
  • Heavyweight – Tanner Boser (-185) vs Rodrigo Nascimento (+150)
  • Prelims
  • Middleweight – Anthony Hernandez (-220) vs Marc-Andre Barriault (+165)
  • Featherweight – Damon Jackson (+162) vs Pat Sabini (-205)
  • Welterweight – Trevin Giles (-230) vs Louis Cosce (+178)
  • Women’s Bantamweight – Aspen Ladd (-140) vs Sara McMann (+115)
  • Lightweight – Trey Ogden (+270) vs Daniel Zellhuber (-360)
  • Women’s Flyweight – Mariya Agapova (+135) vs Gillian Robertson (-165)
  • Bantamweight – Tony Gravely (+145) vs Javid Basharat (-176)
  • Lightweight – Nikolas Motta (-175) vs Cameron VanCamp (+145)

Odds as of September 17 via Sportsbook

UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Song Broadcast Information
  • Date/Time: September 17, 4 p.m. ET
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Arena: UFC Apex
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass, Cable Provider

Cory Sandhagen vs Song Yadong Odds & Pick

Cory Sandhagen-210
Song Yadong+170

It’s not often a fighter on a two-bout losing skid will enter as a -210 favorite, but a quick glance at Sandhagen’s last two opponents tells you what he’s been up against. The Sandman battled Petr Yan as a +200 underdog and TJ Dillashaw before that as a -195 favorite, resulting in two close decision losses. 

For Song, his +163 status represents the longest odds he’s faced. The 24-year-old is typically favored, which says a lot about how books view his talent since he’s defeated Marlon Moraes (-280), Casey Kenney (+100) and Marlon Vera (-205) in his five-year UFC career. That said, Sandhagen is on another level, making this hands-down the hardest fight of Song’s career. 

Looking at the Sandhagen vs Song odds, our sports betting calculator tells us Sandhagen’s -210 status gives him an implied win probability of 67.74 percent. Song’s +170 odds represent an implied win probability of 37.04 percent. That means a successful $10 bet on the favorite pays out $14.76, while the same wager on the underdog pays $27.

Song: Need to Knows
  • Song is a very powerful fighter. His right hand, in an uppercut or overhand, is like an anvil – that’s the shot that put Moraes out in the first round at UFC Vegas 50. Since the 24-year-old is so strong, though, he often marches down his opponents in a linear fashion. The fight vs Sandhagen could come down to movement inside the Octagon. Will Song attack in a straight line vs Sandhagen, who rarely ever stands still? Or will he curb his approach and wait for opportune spots?
  • We’re inclined to believe Song will push the pace against Sandhagen, which might not be a great idea. At UFC 259, the Kung Fu Monkey found himself in some wild exchanges with Kyler Phillips, who opened up the arsenal with high kicks and spinning shots to the body. Phillips drilled Song heavily in the first round – which speaks to his sturdy chin – but Song didn’t crumble. He kept pushing but ultimately lost by unanimous decision. If Song finds himself wobbled in the center of the cage against the creative, rangy Sandhagen, that could mean lights out. 
  • Song’s last three fights were against Moraes (win – knockout), Julio Arce (win – knockout) and Casey Kenney (win – split decision). 
Sandhagen: Need to Knows
  • Sandhagen finds success in his constant side-to-side movement, a strategy that should neutralize some of Song’s straight-ahead momentum. He loves to dart around, using his reach advantage to hand-fight and then step back and attack from all angles. In his interim bantamweight title bout vs Petr Yan at UFC 267, we saw the Sandman buzz in and out, switch stances and attack the body in a dizzying rhythm of strikes. Yan, a very sound fighter, bent but didn’t break as he wasn’t overwhelmed by Cory’s movement. We think Song might get lost or baited into something dangerous.
  • Neither Sandhagen nor Song have been knocked out in the UFC. Sandhagen has a submission loss on his record, though it’s unlikely this bout turns into a jiu-jitsu fest. With that in mind, we anticipate the bout going OVER 3.5 rounds, and potentially further. Song loves to attack heavy in early rounds, but since Sandhagen is so elusive, this fight could take a round or two to find its footing. 
  • The Sandman’s last three fights were against Yan (loss – unanimous decision), TJ Dillashaw (loss – split decision) and Frankie Edgar (win – knockout).  

Pick: Sandhagen (-210); OVER 3.5 Rounds (-205)

Chidi Njokuani vs Gregory Rodrigues Odds & Pick

Chidi Njokuani-130
Gregory Rodrigues+110

The card’s co-main event has been shuffled to a middleweight bout between Chidi Njokuani (22-7) and Gregory Rodrigues (12-4).

Njokuani: Need to Knows
  • After earning a contract in Season 5 of Dana White’s Contender Series, Njokuani has earned a little headway as a late-blooming force in a relatively stale middleweight division. “Bang Bang” is a very tall fighter (six-foot-three) who loves to use push kicks when he’s at a distance and mix it up in the clinch when he’s in close. The former Bellator fighter has a deep Muay Thai background and he’ll put it to use. 
  • The Texas native has finished his first two UFC fights, securing first-round knockouts in emphatic fashion. In his debut, he scored a TKO within 15 seconds with an overhand right. His second fight took a bit longer, but he flattened his opponent with a raging elbow KO out of the clinch. With his striking potential – and great value at -105 – Chidi looks primed to continue his white-hot UFC career with his third victory in 2022.
  • Njokuani’s last three fights were against Dusko Todorovic (win – knockout), Marc-Andre Barriault (win – technical knockout) and Mario Sousa (win – technical knockout).
Rodrigues: Need to Knows
  • “Robocop” brings a good yin to Njokuani’s yang ahead of this fight. Rodrigues can strike with power, but he’s got a grappling background, meaning he’ll want to drag the fight to the canvas to avoid Njokuani’s heavy hands. The problem with that is Njokuani is also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, capable of twisting around submission attempts and pummeling him. 
  • If this fight doesn’t end up being a first-round slugfest – which it very well could – watch for Rodrigues’ entry into takedowns. He’s a very big middleweight, and once he grabs hold of his opponent’s legs, it could be game over. Njokuani is a qualified grappler, but there are questions about his defensive wrestling skills, especially if he’s caught on his back. The direction of this fight (striking war or paced-out grappling match) will likely be decided within the first two minutes. 
  • Rodrigues’ last three fights were against Julian Marquez (win – knockout), Armen Petrosyan (loss – split decision) and Jun Yong Park (win – technical knockout).

Pick: Njokuani (-130); Fight to finish inside the distance (-250)

Andre Fili vs Billy Algeo Odds & Pick

Andre Fili-120
Billy AlgeoEVEN

The main card will also see an interesting featherweight fight featuring UFC veteran Andre Fili (21-9), who takes on Billy Algeo (16-6).

Fili: Need to Knows
  • Oftentimes in a fighting career, there are peaks and valleys. After losing via first-round KO to Joanderson Brito earlier this year as the -250 favorite, Fili finds himself in a pit. Brito came out fast and starched him, leaving a mark on Fili, who’s often praised as a dynamic striker. The 32-year-old has taken on tough opponents recently, including Bryce Mitchell and Sodiq Yusuff, and lost three of his last five bouts. This fight vs Algeo could determine the trajectory of Fili’s future with the UFC.
  • Since the bout vs Brito ended so quickly, we didn’t get to see Fili do what he does best. The American is an excellent kicker, often setting up his right high-kick with a jab or some combos up top. He possesses striking skills that few featherweights have. That said, the ferocity might not be there anymore. Fili has recorded just two stoppage victories since 2015 while amassing a 6-6-1 record during that span. This clash vs Algeo could end up being a battle for points. 
  • Fili’s last three bouts have come against Brito (loss – technical knockout), Mitchell (loss – unanimous decision) and Charles Jourdain (win – split decision).
Algeo: Need to Knows
  • Algeo will be returning to the cage on relatively short rest, having fought Herbert Burns at UFC Long Island in July. In that bout, “Senor Perfecto” staved off a wicked triangle-choke from Burns, eventually grinding out a second-round victory when his opponent couldn’t continue due to injury. Algeo didn’t necessarily fight smart before his victory, though, choosing to tangle with Burns on the ground. If Algeo has a lapse in judgment during his upcoming bout, we expect the UFC veteran Fili to capitalize. 
  • While Algeo has 10 professional stoppage victories (six SUB, four KO/TKO), his win over Burns represented his first UFC finish – and even that stoppage came from Burns’ refusal to keep fighting due to injury. Now matched up vs a weathered fighter in Fili, we have doubts that either fighter can dish out enough punishment for a KO/TKO victory. There’s a strong chance the judges decide this bout.
  • Algeo’s last three fights came against Burns (win – technical knockout), Brito (win – unanimous decision) and Ricardo Ramos (loss – unanimous decision).

Pick: Algeo (EVEN); OVER 2.5 Rounds (-230)

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