Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen UFC 250 Analysis and Picks
Betting sites are favoring Aljamain Sterling over Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250 on June 6, 2020, at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. These two bantamweights are in search of Henry Cejudo’s currently-vacant bantamweight title. The winner of this bout is a shoo-in to get a shot at the championship, effectively making this an eliminator match in the division.
UFC 250 Sterling vs. Sandhagen Money Line
Betting Analysis and Stats -- Cory Sandhagen
The Sandman is the underdog for this match, per the best online sportsbooks. He enters with a 12-1 record. Sandhagen has won 42% of his fights by decision. He has won his last seven fights. Sandy is coming off an August win over Raphael Assuncao. Sandhagen averages 7.14 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 48%. He is averaging 1.24 takedowns with an accuracy of 50%. Sandhagen has improved to 5-0 in the UFC. He hasn’t lost a fight in over three years, back when he was with LFA. Sandhagen is coming off a victory where he landed 78 total strikes at a 53 percent rate. He’s now 5-1 in his career in fights that go to decision.
Sandhagen comes with a background in kickboxing and is a brown belt in BJJ. He is bouncy and athletic and fights energetically and without fear to let his hands go. He is also very effective in ground and pound if a fight goes to the ground. Sandhagen is great at closing the distance and terrific in the clinch where he uses knees and elbows to quickly turn the tables. He has just turned 28 years old, but Sandhagen has already put the division on notice in short, well, notice. This will be Sandhagen’s first career fight in Las Vegas.
Betting Analysis and Stats -- Aljamain Sterling
The Funk Master is the favorite of betting sites in this bout. Sterling has an 18-3 record. He has won 50% of his fights by decision. Sterling has won six of his last seven fights. He is coming off a June win over Pedro Munhoz. Sterling averages 4.85 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 50%. He is averaging 1.91 takedowns with an accuracy of 29%. Sterling is riding a four-fight winning streak after landing 175 total strikes at a 49 percent rate and getting the win in a unanimous decision.
He has now won each of his last five decisions and nine of his 11 career decisions overall. Sterling is accurate and has an impressive work rate. He’s also a black belt in BJJ. Sterling has a background in Division III wrestling and has never been finished on the ground. Conversely, he has seven career submissions. Sterling has found balance as he nears 31 years old. A title match could be in his future if he keeps playing his cards right. This will be Sterling’s fourth career fight in Las Vegas.
Sterling vs. Sandhagen Prediction
This could very well be the best fight on the card with two red-hot fighters with a reputation for high work rates and aggressive styles. Users of betting sites would do well to get ready for some fireworks. The edge arguably goes to Sandhagen due to his energy and ability to fight in the clinch. Sandhagen makes opponents uncomfortable with his straightforward style and ability to throw everything but the kitchen sink to get the fight where he wants it to be. Additionally, Sandhagen is four inches taller than his opponent, so he is going to have some angles standing up which he can use to his advantage. All things considered, take Sandy to upset Funky.