UFC Fight Night 179: Cory Sandhagen vs. Marlon Moraes Picks and Predictions

UFC Fight Night 179: Cory Sandhagen vs. Marlon Moraes Picks and Predictions Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlon Moraes vs. Cory Sandhagen

Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Flash Forum)

The Line: Cory Sandhagen -155 / Marlon Moraes +135 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Cory Sandhagen and Marlon Moraes face off in a bantamweight showdown for the main event at UFC Fight Night 179 at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. 

Moraes is currently the number one ranked contender while Sandhagen is currently ranked 4th. 

Cory Sandhagen has found a lot of success in his MMA career and overall he has a 12-2 record.and since coming into the UFC he has gone 5-1. Sandhagen’s only loss during his UFC career came against Aljamain Sterling.in June of 2020 and early in the first round he lost by rear naked choke. Sandhagen’s last win came in August of 2019 against Raphael Assuncao, a fight he won by unanimous decision. Each of his last two wins have come by decision, and the first three wins in the UFC were won by finish. Sandhagen is a fighter who wants to be busy, and throw punches in bunches. Sandhagen is averaging 6.95 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.08 significant strikes per minute. Sandhagen is averaging 1.20 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and he is successful on 50 percent of his takedown attempts. 

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On the other side of this matchup is Marlon “Magic” Moraes who comes into this fight with a 23-6-1 record and since coming into the UFC he has five of his seven fights. Moraes last fight came against Jose Aldo in December of 2019 and that was a competitive fight but Moraes was able to come away with a split decision victory. Moraes is averaging 3.53 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.69 significant strikes per minute. Moraes is also averaging 0.46 successful takedowns every 15 minutes and he is only successful on 25 percent of his takedown attempts. Moraes is averaging 0.5 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

Sandhagen is the more active fighter and he is going to dish out more damage in this one. Look for Sandhagen to inflict a lot of damage on Moraes and that is going to be the difference. Back Sandhagen to get the job done on the money line and for extra value look for him to win this fight by finish. 

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Shane’s Pick Cory Sandhagen -155

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