We are once again going to be in Abu Dhabi on Fight Island tonight with a HUGE Bantamweight main event in what is a top contenders bout between #1 Marlon Moraes (+115) facing off against #4 Cory Sandhagan (-145)
My Goodness what a fight this will be. I fucking love the Bantamweight division, they are consistently putting on some of the best fights in the sport. Man this is such a big fight for both of these savages.
Moraes at 23-6-1 and Sandhagan at 12-2 is about as high level an MMA fight you’ll see.
I REALLY like Moraes as a +115 underdog here. My only worry would be if this get taken to the 4th or 5th round, where Sandhagan would most likely wear him down then. But, I dont expect it to get that far to be honest with you. I’m going with Marlon. I just feel like Cory, man, he ran into a real tough motherfucker in Aljamain Sterling and got choked out in under 2 mins in the biggest fight of his life. I think that was a big, big jump in competition.
Marlon is a higher level. He’s actually on the same level in Sterling, What we’ve seen Marlon do with his switch kicks, the way he disguises it and throws quick, it’s beautiful. He switches like his feet are on fire. He knocked out Aljamain like that. He knocked out Jimmie Rivera like that. And i believe he will do the same to Cory Sandhagen.
I expect to see Marlon looking to chop Sandhagan down, a lot of low kicks initially. And then Marlon weighs heavy on his experience and what it takes to win a five-round fight. I think Marlon is gonna win by TKO. I’m gonna say in the third round most likely. Im surprised he’s the underdog, but i also love it. Great way to make some dough fellas.
I also dont hate Marcin Tybura against Ben Rothwell as a +125 dog as well. In the co main event i’d expect the -255 favorite #14 Edson Barboza to take it home against Makwan Amirkahi.
Overall, a decent card but a GREAT main event. I’d highly suggest tuning into the main event, it’ll be must see fireworks.