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UFC Fight Night San Antonio Recap & Takeaways:

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In a battle between two of the best bantamweight fighters in the world, Cory Sandhagen defeated Marlon Vera by split-decision, in a fight he mostly dominated. Sandhagen was active and elusive early on, winning easily the first couple of rounds. Vera who is known for starting slow, tried to pick up the pace in the second half but Sandhagen who’s striking, wrestling and head movement were on point throughout the entire fight, won easily on two of three judges’ scorecards. One judge scored the last three rounds for Vera, a decision that baffled everyone in twitter, and even UFC president Dana White. What are the implications of UFC Fight Night in San Antonio?

1. Sandhagen On A Collision Course With Merab– After the fight Sandhagen called out Merab Dvalishvili. As Aljamain Sterling is set to fight Henry Cejudo, a win against Merab would put Sandhagen in the same spot as a Sean O’Malley to fight for the title. Merab agreed on twitter to fight Sandhagen, so expect a huge fight with championship implications between these top two contenders.


2. Judges Are Becoming A Problem– Sandhagen dominated this fight. It wasn’t close at all, yet one judge had Vera winning outright. Luckily this did not affect Sandhagen, but had it been a closer fight, chaos and controversy would have ensued.

3. Holly Holm Wins, Speaks Out Against Child Abuse– Holly Holm was back in the win column after she defeated Yana Santos winning every single round with ease. The 41-year-old showed that even at an advanced age she can still compete at a high level in the UFC. But the story of the fight was her post- fight interview where Holm used her platform to call out child abuse and the sexualization of children.

UFC Fight Card & Results:
Cory Sandhagen def. Marlon Vera by split decision
Holly Holm def. Yana Kunitskaya by unanimous decision
Nate Landwehr def. Austin Lingo by submission
Maycee Barber def. Andrea Lee by split decision
Alex Perez vs. Manel Kape – canceled, illness
Albert Duraev def. Chidi Njokuani by split decision
Daniel Pineda def. Tucker Lutz by submission

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