UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Song – Preview and Betting Odds

Last Updated on September 15, 2022 5:35 pm by Erwin Noguera

Once more, the UFC Fight Night takes a trip to the APEX in Las Vegas, which has turned into a comfortable spot to showcase amazing fight events, like the one we are expecting this Saturday, September 17th.

The main event has two excellent Bantamweights who are looking forward to getting in the cage and seeing who will be the next one in line for a title shot.

All fans will be eager to see if Cory Sandhagen or Yadong Song can make it through what seems to be a title eliminator match.

The Co-Main event gets Chidi Njokuani and Gregory Rodrigues, who is also looking to be the next contender in the middleweight division.

With 6 fights on the main card and 8 more on the prelims, we are expecting one hell of a fight night that all fight fans will enjoy. 

You can check all the UFC/MMA bets, the analysis of each fighter, and the final bet you can make in this fight.

UFC Fight Night – Sandhagen vs. Song – Betting Odds and Free Picks – Info

When: Saturday, September 17th, at 4:00 pm ET

Moneyline odds: 

Cory Sandhagen -208 / Yadong Song +161

Chidi Njokuani -125 / Gregory Rodrigues -101

Andre Fili -125 / Bill Algeo -102

Alen Amedovski +335 / Joseph Pyfer -500

Tanner Boser -185 / Rodrigo Nascimento +143

Anthony Hernandez -181 / Marc-Andre Barriault +141

Damon Jackson +154 / Pat Sabatini -200

Trevin Giles -217 / Louis Cosce +166

Aspen Ladd -142 / Sara McMann +112

Loma Lookboonmee -238 / Denise Gomes +182

Trey Ogden +233 / Daniel Zellhuber -312

Mariya Agapova +199 / Gillian Robertson -151

Tony Gravely +134 / Javid Basharat -172

Nikolas Motta -222 / Cameron VanCamp +170

UFC Fight Night: Cory Sandhagen vs. Yadong Song

Why Bet on Cory Sandhagen

Cory Sandhagen is the fourth-ranked bantamweight fighter in the UFC

An exciting fighter with a wide array of tools in his arsenal, Sandhagen puts on exciting fights every time he steps into the octagon.

Although he has lost two in a row, those were to Petr Yan and TJ Dillashaw, who is among the best.

Why Bet on Yadong Song

Song’s breakout performance came against Marlon Moraes on March 12, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 203

He won the fight via knockout in round one. 

This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.

We have seen Yadong gas out badly in three-round fights, and he arguably lost to both Cody Stamann and Marlon Vera because of that.

Cory Sandhagen vs. Yadong Song Final Betting Analysis:

Sandhagen has been tested against the best in the division and held his own against the best names in the game. 

The American’s movement stifles opponents and they find it difficult to put him away. 

He also has slick submission skills and incredible cardio. 

Song is riding on momentum but will find himself competing against the elite in the division. 

Expect Yadong to have success early on, but Sandhagen will take over late and either get a TKO win in the championship rounds or a clear-cut decision.

UFC Fight Night: Chidi Njokuani vs. Gregory Rodrigues

Why Bet on Chidi Njokuani

Njokuani entered UFC as a fully-formed product, highly experienced from well over a decade of fighting quality competition all around the world. 

As a result, he’s sparked his early opposition, showing off the Muay Thai talent he’s known for by quickly landing power shots and overwhelming his foes.

Why Bet on Gregory Rodrigues

Rodrigues — a former LFA champion — has impressed to start his UFC career as well, building up a 3-1 record and reputation for exciting brawls.

 “Robocop” is a crisp striker with a solid jawline, and he’s very willing to make it ugly if that’s what victory requires.

Chidi Njokuani vs. Gregory Rodrigues Final Betting Analysis:

Similar to his fight with Armen Petrosyan, Rodrigues faces a problem here. He’s fighting a rangier and more technical striker than himself, and one who statistically hits harder, too. 

Rodrigues’ typical game plan of being the better striker isn’t going to be applied easily, meaning “Robocop” has to switch it up and lean more on brawling tactics and takedowns.

The problem here is that Njokuani is more experienced than Petrosyan by a considerable margin, meaning that he’s more prepared to handle clinch warfare and sudden level changes anyway.

Experience, reach, power — that’s a lot for Rodrigues to overcome in an already less than ideal style match-up.

UFC Fight Night: Andre Fili vs. Bill Algeo

Why Bet on Andre Fili

Fili is a slick striker, rangy and skilled at placing his shin upside his opponent’s neck. 

His “No Contest” with Daniel Pineda showed off the best striking form of his career before the eye poke, and “Touchy” has proven himself more than capable on the canvas in his nearly 10 years on UFC’s roster.

Why Bet on Bill Algeo

Algeo joined UFC as a short-notice replacement against Ricardo Lamas, immediately living up to his regional reputation as a very willing scrapper. 

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt is quite skilled on the canvas, but he still ends up in striking battles more often than not.

Andre Fili vs. Bill Algeo Final Betting Analysis:

Algeo genuinely has some nice Muay Thai himself, but he’s just nowhere near as big of a hitter as Fili. 

If he tries to play the distance game, Fili is going to kick him much harder, and trying to press Fili likely means walking into some major counter shots. 

Grappling is perhaps a better path to victory for “Señor Perfecto,” but he’s never really shown the wrestling necessary to get through Fili’s defenses.

Likely, the fight is competitive until Fili connects clean on a high kick or counter hook. 

Algeo has one heck of a chin, but even so, a few big exchanges can change the tempo of a fight.

UFC Fight Night: Alen Amedovski vs. Joseph Pyfer

Why Bet on Alen Amedovski

Macedonia’s Amedovski is all about power. 

His takedown defense and grappling on the whole aren’t great, but it is hard to argue with eight knockout wins in eight victories.

Why Bet on Joseph Pyfer

Pyfer is known for his punching power as well, finishing all but one of his professional victories. He’s shown some crisp boxing and good patience — valuable skills for a young fighter with heavy hands.

Alen Amedovski vs. Joseph Pyfer Final Betting Analysis:

Amedovski has twice been out-wrestled inside the Octagon, but that’s not exactly Pyfer’s usual game plan. 

In the other loss, he got sparked by John Phillips. 

That’s a bad loss, but hell, “The Welsh Wrecking Machine” does hit like a truck, so it’s understandable. 

Pyfer is probably going to trade with Amedovski, and that’s a dangerous proposition regardless of the losing streak.

As such, this pick is as much about upside and trust as any technical striking breakdown. 

Pyfer is the better, younger athlete with more ways to win, and that is very often enough in MMA.

He just has to be careful of getting chinned in the first five minutes.

UFC Fight Night: Tanner Boser vs. Rodrigo Nascimento

Why Bet on Tanner Boser

Boser is a cut above the average unranked Heavyweight. Alberta’s “Bulldozer” doesn’t run over his opponents often. 

Instead, he makes solid use of footwork, feints, and low kicks to break his opponents down at range, then he lines up the big overhand right.

Why Bet on Rodrigo Nascimento

Nascimento is very much a grappler. 

His takedowns are not unstoppable, but when the Brazilian does drag his foe to the canvas, he tends to end them quickly with strikes or strangles.

Tanner Boser vs. Rodrigo Nascimento Final Betting Analysis:

Boser is pretty good at avoiding the shot, and pretty good is more than likely good enough to keep this fight standing. 

On the feet, Nascimento just doesn’t bring anything special to the table. 

He should be easy pickings for Boser’s usual strategy, provided the Canadian is wise enough to stay off the fence and keep this fight upright.

UFC Fight Night: Anthony Hernandez vs. Marc-Andre Barriault

Why Bet on Anthony Hernandez

Anthony Hernandez (9-2) breathed new life into his ailing UFC career with a massive upset of Rodolfo Vieira in Feb. 2021. 

Though injury and other issues kept him out of action for the next 14 months, “Fluffy” made up for lost time with a unanimous decision win over Josh Fremd.

Why Bet on Marc-Andre Barriault

Marc-Andre Barriault (14-5) initially struggled to find his footing in the Octagon, losing three straight and seeing a knockout of Oskar Piechota overturned because of a failed drug test. 

“Powerbar” has since won three of four, including finishes of Abu Azaitar and Jordan Wright.

Anthony Hernandez vs. Marc-Andre Barriault Final Betting Analysis:

Barriault’s key weapon is attrition — he leans on his power, aggression, and durability to fill the technical gaps in his game and take over down the stretch. 

There are plenty of fighters for who that approach works, but Hernandez isn’t one of them. 

“Fluffy” is every bit as persistent and well-conditioned with the bonus of a relentless wrestling game the likes of which Barriault has repeatedly struggled against.

That grappling onslaught is his key to victory. 

If Barriault has a striking advantage, it’s not significant enough to offset the fact that Hernandez will constantly disrupt it with takedown attempts.

Barriault can’t wear down Hernandez when the latter always has an out, though that won’t matter much when Hernandez finds his neck in an early scramble.

UFC Fight Night: Damon Jackson vs. Pat Sabatini

Why Bet on Damon Jackson

A triumphant, bonus-winning submission of Mirsad Bektic earned Damon Jackson (21-4-1) his first UFC victory, though the heavy hands of Ilia Topuria sent him right back into the loss column. 

Undaunted, “The Leech” enters the cage this Saturday on the heels of three straight wins, among them an arm triangle finish of Contender Series veteran, Kamuela Kirk.

His 18 professional stoppage wins include 15 by submission.

Why Bet on Pat Sabatini

After losing his CFFC title because of a freak arm injury, Pat Sabatini (17-3) reclaimed it two fights later with an armbar finish of Jesse Stirn. 

He’s since amassed four wins in the Octagon and walked away with a performance bonus for his heel hook finish of Jamall Emmers.

Damon Jackson vs. Pat Sabatini Final Betting Analysis:

This fight will be entirely determined by which of these two can consistently take down the other. 

Both possess suffocating top game and top-notch submission defense, so whoever ends up on his back is probably going to stay there for quite some time. 

Plus, they’ve each easily dominated fellow wrestlers in recent efforts, so it’s difficult to determine whose grappling will come up short.

Sabatini’s routs of Tucker Lutz and T.J. Laramie stand out as the strongest grappling performances on either man’s resume outside of Jackson’s guillotine finish of Bektic, and “The Leech” was losing practically every second of that fight beforehand. 

In the end, Sabatini fails to find the finish, but still maintains control for the full 15 minutes.

UFC Fight Night: Trevin Giles vs. Louis Cosce

Why Bet on Trevin Giles

Trevin Giles (14-4) claimed stoppage wins in his first two UFC appearances, then stepped away from the sport for 1.5 years to go through police training, he sits at 3-4 since his return, all of those losses inside the distance.

Why Bet on Louis Cosce

A 62-second knockout of Victor Reyna earned Cosce a UFC contract and his seventh first-round finish in seven fights. 

He looked poised to score another in his UFC debut against Sasha Palatnikov, only to fade down the stretch and fall in the third round of UFC 255’s “Fight of the Night.”

Trevin Giles vs. Louis Cosce Final Betting Analysis:

It’s bizarre how badly Giles has deteriorated since his time at the police academy. 

Indeed, you can’t even see a glimmer of the fearsome boxing he used to dissect Antonio Braga Neto anymore. 

On the other hand, Cosce lost to Sasha Palatnikov of all people.

Between his severe technical decline, poor in-cage decision-making, and recent lack of durability, Cosce should blitz Giles out in the first couple of minutes, though he’s admittedly toasted if it goes past the first round.

UFC Fight Night: Aspen Ladd vs. Sara McMann

Why Bet on Aspen Ladd

Aspen Ladd (9-3) followed a dominant Invicta run with three consecutive Octagon victories and a pair of post-fight bonuses. 

She now finds herself in a 1-3 hole, including consecutive losses to Norma Dumont and Raquel Pennington.

Why Bet on Sara McMann

Sara McMann (13-6) put a 1-3 skid behind her to win three straight, only to suffer consecutive submission losses. 

She enters the cage this Saturday at 2-1 in her last three, most recently upsetting Karol Rosa in March 2022.

Aspen Ladd vs. Sara McMann Final Betting Analysis:

The narrative here looks the same as all of McMann’s other fights: her terrific wrestling and crushing top game give her the means to control things from bell to bell, but she’ll fold at the slightest bit of adversity. 

If Ladd gets on top at any point, she’ll almost assuredly find the finish, as her ground-and-pound is more than sufficient to make McMann wilt.

Ladd looked completely lost against Dumont and Pennington. 

She seems unable to muster up the confidence that carried her to early UFC success, and if Pennington could physically bully her, McMann certainly can. 

In short, McMann grinds her way to an uninspiring victory, but don’t be at all surprised if she flubs something, ends up on her back, and gets blasted into oblivion.

UFC Fight Night: Loma Lookboonmee vs. Denise Gomes

Why Bet on Loma Lookboonmee

Loma Lookboonmee (6-3) bounced back from a decision loss to Angela Hill with consecutive victories over Jinh Yu Frey and Sam Hughes. 

Her fifth UFC bout initially pitted her against Cheyanne Vlismas, but late replacement Lupita Godinez stepped in and out-wrestled Lookboonmee for a unanimous decision win.

Why Bet on Denise Gomes

More than three years after an unsuccessful professional debut, Gomes returned to the cage and racked up four knockouts in her first five wins. 

She couldn’t put away Contender Series foe, Rayanne Amanda, inside the distance, but still impressed enough to punch her ticket to the Octagon.

Loma Lookboonmee vs. Denise Gomes Final Betting Analysis:

This will be a test of Lookboonmee’s ability to execute under pressure. She’s the superior overall striking technician, especially when it comes to defense, and her top game is sufficient to let her control entire rounds if she can find her usual trips away from the fence. 

The counterpoint is Gomes’ raw aggression and power, which combine with an impressive gas tank to let her pressure from bell to bell.

If Lookboonmee gets caught up in a slugfest, Gomes will land the more damaging and eye-catching strikes. 

Gomes will tear up her body with knees if she gets lazy in the clinch. 

That said, Lookboonmee’s craft and versatility should be sufficient to land quality counters, disrupt Gomes’ offense with takedowns, and ultimately walk away with the win.

UFC Fight Night: Trey Ogden vs. Daniel Zellhuber

Why Bet on Trey Ogden

Trey Ogden (15-5) claimed both the Fury FC Lightweight title and a UFC contract by choking out J.J. Okanovich on Lookin’ For a Fight. 

set up a UFC debut against Jordan Leavitt, who out-worked the Glory MMA product to earn a split decision victory.

He’s ended 11 professional fights inside the distance, 11 of them by submission.

Why Bet on Daniel Zellhuber

Less than six years after debuting at age 17, Daniel Zellhuber (12-0) claimed a spot on Contender Series opposite Lucas Almeida. 

Though he had to weather some early damage, he took over down the stretch to secure a unanimous decision and a spot in the Octagon.

Trey Ogden vs. Daniel Zellhuber Final Betting Analysis:

As long as they’re on their feet, Zellhuber is going to run circles around Ogden, tearing up his legs and midsection as he goes. 

Ogden needs to score regular takedowns to win, and between Zellhuber’s length, footwork, cardio and defensive grappling skill, that’s going to be difficult from the get-go and get harder as the fight progresses. 

In the end, Zellhuber hobbles him with low kicks and puts him away late.

UFC Fight Night: Mariya Agapova vs. Gillian Robertson

Why Bet on Mariya Agapova

A meteoric UFC rise gave way to an equally dramatic fall when Mariya Agapova (10-3) suffered one of the biggest numerical upsets in UFC history at the hands of Shana Dobson. 

She got back on track by choking out Sabina Mazo one year later, but couldn’t do the same to Maryna Moroz in March 2022.

Why Bet on Gillian Robertson

An unimpressive The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 26 run didn’t stop Robertson from putting together a 6-2 UFC start, five of those via stoppage. 

She’s since lost three of four, including a decision defeat to J.J. Aldrich in March 2022.

Seven of her eight professional stoppages have come via submission.

Mariya Agapova vs. Gillian Robertson Final Betting Analysis:

It’s become clear that Robertson’s one-note grappling attack just doesn’t hold up at higher levels. 

Struggling with powerhouses like Taila Santos and Miranda Maverick is one thing, but she really should have been able to find more wrestling success against Aldrich. 

The lack of development in her stand-up and her weird reticence to consistently shoot takedowns seem destined to keep her from ever being a true contender.

She should have enough to get past Agapova, though. 

The latter’s loss to Moroz showed that the grappling issues that cost her on Contender Series and against Dobson have yet to be addressed, so while she’ll have little issue battering Robertson on the feet, keeping it there will be a problem. 

In short, Robertson lands her signature rear-naked choke sometime in the second.

UFC Fight Night: Tony Gravely vs. Javid Basharat

Why Bet on Tony Gravely

Contender Series graduate, Tony Gravely (23-7), opened his UFC career 2-2, wins over Geraldo de Freitas and Anthony Birchak sandwiched between stoppage losses to Brett Johns and Nathan Maness. 

He enters the cage this Saturday amid a two-fight win streak that saw him crush Johnny Muniz Jr. in 68 seconds last time out.

Why Bet on Javid Basharat

Javid Basharat (12-0) successfully pleaded his case for a UFC contract with a dominant finish of Oron Kahlon on Contender Series in Oct. 2021. 

His Octagon debut 4.5 months later pitted him against Trevin Jones, whom Basharat out-worked in entertaining fashion for his first decision victory.

Tony Gravely vs. Javid Basharat Final Betting Analysis:

While Basharat is unquestionably a top-notch prospect, this seems like too much, too soon. 

Between his excellent wrestling pedigree and powerful hands, Gravely is one of the more underrated Bantamweights, one with much more experience against UFC-caliber competition. 

He’s without question the strongest takedown artist Basharat has ever faced, and Jones’ moments of success on the front foot suggest that Gravely will also be able to get his hands on Basharat.

If “The Snow Leopard” can make his usual movement-heavy, pot-shotting style work against someone of Gravely’s caliber, he’s ready to be fast-tracked into contention. 

As of now, though, Gravely’s wrestling is likely to shut down Basharat’s flow and secure a decision win.

UFC Fight Night: Nikolas Motta vs. Cameron VanCamp

Why Bet on Nikolas Motta

Nikolas Motta (12-4) followed his CFFC-title-winning decision over Juan Gonzalez by overpowering Joseph Lowry on Contender Series

Various misfortunes delayed his UFC debut until Feb. 2022, suffering a knockout loss to Jim Miller inside the APEX.

Why Bet on Cameron VanCamp

A 7-1 (1 NC) run marred only by a loss to UFC and Strikeforce veteran Bobby Voelker carried Cameron VanCamp (15-6-1) to the Octagon in 2021. 

After a planned debut against Motta fell through, VanCamp took on Andre Fialho, who slept him with a left hook midway through the first round.

Nine of his 13 stoppage wins have come by submission.

Nikolas Motta vs. Cameron VanCamp Final Betting Analysis:

The question here is where Motta’s head is at. 

His counter-bully style demands a lot of confidence and mindfulness, and if he’s rattled by that knockout loss to Miller or the fact that Miller was winning the stand-up even before the finish, he could have a lot of issues with VanCamp’s wonky stand-up.

Seeing as Motta’s been knocked out before, though, I think he knows how to bounce back. 

That’s not great news for VanCamp, especially since Motta is sharp enough and hits hard enough to exploit the same defensive liabilities that Fialho did. 

Assuming he’s firing on at least most of his cylinders, Motta chins VanCamp with a counter in the first few minutes.

Sandhagen vs. Song Betting Pick: Sandhagen

Njokuani vs. Rodrigues Betting Pick: Chidi Njokuani

Fili vs. Algeo Betting Pick: Andre Fili

Amedovski vs. Pyfer Betting Pick: Joseph Pyfer

Boser vs. Nascimento Betting Pick: Tanner Boser

Hernandez vs. Barriault Betting Pick: Anthony Hernandez

Jackson vs. Sabatini Betting Pick: Pat Sabatini

Giles vs. Cosce Betting Pick: Louis Cosce

Ladd vs. McMann Betting Pick: Sara McMann

Lookboonmee vs. Gomes Betting Pick: Loma Lookboonmee

Ogden vs. Zellhuber Betting Pick: Daniel Zellhuber

Agapova vs. Robertson Betting Pick: Gillian Robertson

Gravely vs. Basharat Betting Pick: Tony Gravely

Motta vs. VanCamp Betting Pick: Nikolas Motta

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