Dominick Cruz Predicts Cory Sandhagen vs. ‘Chito’ Vera Will Come Down to a “Close Decision”

Former two-time bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz delivered his prediction for the top-five bantamweight showdown this February

Dominick Cruz
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Dominick Cruz delivered his prediction for the highly-anticipated bantamweight showdown next month. 

Top-five bantamweight standouts Cory Sandhagen and Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera will headline UFC Vegas 69 on February 18th. With both fighters on the cusp of title contention, it will be a high-stakes affair when the promotion returns to The APEX in Las Vegas. 

In a video clip courtesy of MMA Crazy on YouTube, former two-time bantamweight titleholder Dominick Cruz shared his thoughts on the 135-pound clash and delivered his prediction. 

“Judging by how I fought Vera in the first three rounds, as long as Sandhagen can keep that pace and not get hurt in those first three rounds too bad, he’ll be fine. I think that he’s got a five-round style. I think Vera has the skills to… We all have the skill to finish anybody at any moment so it’s hard to say, but if I had to pick a winner in that one, I would say that Sandhagen wins by decision. By a close decision. Just edges it out by numbers with throwing more offense. By being more offensive and staying safe.”

Sandhagen And Vera Will Battle For a Potential UFC Title Opportunity

Cory Sandhagen (15-4-0) is 3-2 in his last five bouts. Losing back-to-back fights to former UFC champions TJ Dillashaw and Petr Yan, ‘Sandman’ got back into the win column with a TKO over Song Yadong in September. 

‘Chito’ Vera (22-7-1) is streaking toward a title opportunity after securing four-straight wins including a highlight-reel knockout over Cruz in his last outing. Vera has secured wins over Davey Grant, Frankie, Edgar, and Rob Font in the process, but perhaps his highest-profile win came against the division’s current No. 1 ranked contender, Sean O’Malley. 

O’Malley has expressed interest in facing Vera should he get past Cory Sandhagen in February. 

Published on January 4, 2023 at 4:38 pm
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