Cory Sandhagen was dominant in a curious split-decision victory over Marlon Vera in their bantamweight main event on Saturday at UFC Fight Night in San Antonio, Texas.
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Sandhagen landed 187 total strikes to Vera’s 73 in taking two of the cards, 50-45 and 49-46, ending Chito’s four-match winning streak. One judge gave the fight to Vera, 48-47.
Sandhagen landed 128 signature strikes to 58 for Vera and also had three takedowns.
“[The strategy was to] win the early rounds and then know he was going to come at me,” Sandhagen said. “I knew that was going to happen. So, I took him down early and moved my ass around in 3, 4 and 5. That’s how you beat Chito. Chito is a good fighter.”
The Sandman versus Chito fight was initially scheduled to headline the Fight Night card on February 18 at UFC Apex but was postponed due to unspecified reasons.
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