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UFC Fight Night - Sandhagen vs. Song: Preview, TV Time, Card, and Predictions

Here's what you need to know about the explosive bantamweight clash.

UFC returns this Saturday with an important fight in the bantamweight division when #4 ranked Cory Sandhagen takes on the dangerous Song Yadong, currently ranked #10 in the world. The bout will headline UFC Fight Night 210 from UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The lineup will feature 13 mixed martial arts fights.

Cory Sandhagen vs. Song Yadong

This is the typical fight where the new rising talent will try to take the place of the more experienced fighter.

Sandhagen is currently not riding high, with three losses in his last five fights, but consider the names Petr Yan, T.J. Dillashaw and Aljamain Sterling, three of the last four champions in the division. In short, Sandhagen has managed to stay at the top of the division, but has been unable to make the final push for the title.

Yadong is on a three-fight winning streak, with just one loss in his 10 UFC fights. At just 24 years old, the Chinese fighter has already overcome tough opponents such as Casey Kenney and Marlon Moraes, but this Saturday's fight will undoubtedly be the toughest test of his career so far.

This will be an interesting fight because of the moment they are both going through and what the win will mean for the winner. Sandhagen could return to the winning lane and stay on top of the rankings, while Yadong could jump from the No. 10 spot to the 135-pound top five.

Sandhagen will take advantage of his physical superiority with a three-inch reach and height advantage over Yadong. The Colorado native knows how to time his approach and attack when he manages to keep the fight at his distance. We can expect strikes with jabs, flying knees to the head or to the body, and hooks to the liver.

If Song Yadong wants to win this tough fight, he will have to make it pretty dirty. Close the distance, get into the clinch and strike from there with dirty boxing, and why not, take the scrap to the ground to work from there. If the Chinese can win two of the first three rounds, he will be in control of the contest against a desperate Sandhagen who will have the urgency to finish, then Yadong can find openings to capitalize.

Though Song Yadong is an exciting prospect who still has a lot of growth ahead of him, I don't think he's ready for an opponent like Sandhagen, already proven against the best in the world.

Prediction: Cory Sandhagen wins by Unanimous Decision

Fighter to watch: Daniel Zellhuber

At just 23 years old, the young Mexican is undefeated with a 12-0 record and possesses an imposing physique for the 155-pound division, standing at 6'1'' with a 77-inch reach.

I have been following "Golden Boy" for some time and have seen him fight live many times. Once, he was losing a main event fight in Peru, his corner told him to finish the match, and that's what he did. He knocked out his opponent in the third round.

At the Contender Series he defeated a much more experienced opponent, Lucas Almeida. After taking a lot of punishment, Zellhuber always went forward and managed to win the fight by unanimous decision. It has already been proven that the Mexican has a great jaw.

UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Song – Full Card:

Main Card (7:00 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT)

  • Bantamweight Cory Sandhagen vs. Song Yadong
  • Middleweight Chidi Njokuani vs. Gregory Rodrigues
  • Featherweight Andre Fili vs. Bill Algeo
  • Middleweight Joseph Pyfer vs. Alen Amedovski
  • Heavyweight Tanner Boser vs. Rodrigo Nascimento
  • Middleweight Anthony Hernandez vs. Marc-André Barriault

Prelims (4:00 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT)

  • Featherweight Damon Jackson vs. Pat Sabatini
  • Welterweight Trevin Giles vs. Louis Cosce
  • Women's Strawweight Denise Gomes vs. Loma Lookboonmee
  • Lightweight Trey Ogden vs. Daniel Zellhuber
  • Women's Flyweight Mariya Agapova vs. Gillian Robertson
  • Bantamweight Tony Gravely vs. Javid Basharat
  • Lightweight Nikolas Motta vs. Cameron VanCamp