Bantamweight rivals Marlon Vera and Cory Sandhagen square off in the latest UFC event on Saturday, UFC on ESPN 43 in San Antonio, Texas.
After the excitement of UFC 286 in London when Birmingham's Leon Edwards beat Kamaru Usman to retain his welterweight title in their trilogy fight, it's back to the United States and Texas for this weekend's card.
|What||Marlon Vega v Cory Sandhagen, UFC on ESPN 43|
|Where||AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA|
|When||From 21:00, Saturday 25th March|
|How to watch||BT Sport 2|
|Odds||Marlon Vera 13/10, Cory Sandhagen 5/8|
Vera and Sandhagen headline at the AT&T Center in San Antonio as they look to stake their claim for a title shot later this year.
Ecuador's Vera, priced at 13/10 To Win, sits at #3 in the bantamweight rankings after enjoying a four-fight win streak.
Chito has only lost one of his last 11 at bantamweight, including a victory over #2 Sean O'Malley at UFC 252 in 2020.
Another victory could see him earn the chance to compete for the title last this year or the UFC may look to place him in an eliminator bout against O'Malley.
Sandhagen, priced at 5/8 To Win, is #5 in the bantamweight division after losing two of his last three trips to the Octagon.
He did win his most recent contest, beating Song Yadong by TKO after successive defeats to TJ Dillashaw and Petr Yan.
The Sandman's meeting with Yan at UFC 267 was for the interim bantamweight title, but he came up well short against the Russian, losing by a unanimous decision.
Like Vera, Sandhagen has ambition to challenge for the title, but anything other than a win on Saturday will throw him well off track.
The fight is scheduled to take place on Saturday 25th March.
The preliminary card gets underway at 21:00 and the main card is due to begin at 23:00, with Vera and Sandhagen expected to talk to the Octagon at around 01:00.
The AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas hosts Saturday's card. The multi-purpose venue is the home of NBA franchise the San Antonio Spurs.
It's the first time the UFC has returned to the AT&T Center since July 2019 when a crowd of 9,255 turned out to watch Leon Edwards beat Rafael do Anjos by decision in the main event.
That was the second time the UFC has featured at the venue with Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens headlining in June 2014.
Yes. Both the preliminary card and the main card are available to watch on BT Sport.
No. There aren't any belts on the line on Saturday but both fighters are on the cusp of earning a title shot if they come through this contest successfully.
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