UFC San Antonio: Split decision in favor of Cory Sandhagen
by ARYAN LAKHANI | VIEW 281
A fantastic main event that entertained all fans, Marlon Vera vs Cory Sandhagen was a competitive knock. Sandhagen played a dominating role and outperformed Vera convincingly, which is why many questions were raised for the outcome to be labelled as a 'split decision'
The match had it all; from striking to grappling, it was a popcorn-friendly show. This victory is huge for Cory Sandhgen; it has unquestionably opened new opportunities in his shining career. In the post-fight interview, when asked who's next, Cory Sandhagen was ready with a reply, "Merab you are hungry? Well, I have got something for you to eat, and it don't taste good!".
Merab Dvalishvili just won against Petr Yan and shocked the MMA world, and before that, he won against Jose also, so his resume looks pretty good, and it's worth knowing that Merab is on a terrific 9 match win streak.
What's next for Marlon vera?
It is unfortunate that Marlon Vera's 4 match win streak came to an end, but this shouldn't affect him or his career adversely; a great come back can be expected.
He should return back once before 2023 ends and fight as many opponents as he can. It was quite shocking for all fans to see one judge score 48-47 in favor of vera, as he was outplayed in most of the rounds. "[The strategy was to] win the early rounds and then know he was going to come at me," said Sandhagen, as quoted by espn.com.
"I knew that was going to happen. So, I took him down early and moved my a** around in [Round] 3, 4 and 5. That's how you beat Chito. Chito is a good fighter." The bantamweight division has become exciting, and it will be interesting to see the matchups scheduled after the title match on May 6 between Henry Cejudo and Aljamin sterling. 2023 is unquestionably a great year for all fight fans.