The UFC returns to Texas tonight as highly-ranked bantamweight contenders Marlon Vera and Cory Sandhagen lock horns at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Vera seeks his fifth straight win following a career-best victory over former title holder Dominick Cruz.

Meanwhile, Sandhagen looks to build on the momentum of his TKO win over Song Yadong last time out. Also on the card is MMA icon Holly Holm who takes on Brazil’s Yana Santos in the co-feature attraction.

Holm hasn’t won inside the UFC Octagon since October 2020 and will be hoping that won’t still be the case once she steps out of the cage this weekend.

Fight times

The prelims are scheduled to get underway from 8pm UK time with the main card set to start at around 11pm. The main event then commences at around 1am in the early hours of Sunday morning for British fans.

How to watch

The event will be shown live on BT Sport 2 on Saturday night with coverage starting from 9pm. BT Sport customers can live-stream the card via the broadcasters app and website on all good internet-connected devices.

Full card

Main card

Marlon Vera vs Cory Sandhagen

Holly Holm vs Yana Santos

Nate Landwehr vs Austin Lingo

Andrea Lee vs Maycee Barber

Alex Perez vs Manel Kape

Chidi Njokuani vs Albert Duraev

Preliminary card

Daniel Pineda vs Tucker Lutz

Steven Peterson vs Lucas Alexander

Trevin Giles vs Preston Parsons

CJ Vergara vs Daniel Da Silva

Manuel Torres vs Trey Ogden

Victor Altamirano vs Vinicius Salvador


Sandhagen: “I have all of the advantages in this fight. I think ‘Chito’ holds a puncher’s chance… I foresee me out-kickboxing him, me out-wrestling him, and me out-grappling him. 

“I don’t really see where ‘Chito’ has a nod in this fight, other than the power. As far as wrestling and grappling goes, I have the nod there. In the striking, he has the puncher’s chance. 

“But as far as being technical, having more tools, being more athletic, and having a more creative style, I think that all of those have the nod in my favour also. So, I think as long as I don’t get hit with any hard s***, I think I’ll walk out the cage a winner.”

Vera told The MMA Hour: “The feeling I got when I fought [Dominick] Cruz in a sold-out arena, it was f****** epic. There’s something about the f****** Apex though. There’s tense f****** energy in the cage, smaller, barely some crowd. It brings some memories of scrapping on the streets.

“10 of your homies, 10 of their homies circle that thing up and just scrap. It’s more personal in the Apex, it brings a little more of the intensity and darkness when you walk the walk.”