UFC San Antonio predictions & odds
By Brian Cook
UFC San Antonio full card predictions and betting odds.
The UFC returns to the states Saturday, March 25, 2023, landing in San Antonio, TX, for the first time since 2019. At press time there are 13 fights scheduled. We'll predict each one and also give you the betting odds, in case you want to make some wagers.
Marlon "Chito" Vera, ranked No. 3 at bantamweight, faces No. 5 Cory Sandhagen in the main event. The co-main event also features top ten fighters, but in women's bantamweight, Holly Holm No. 3 battles No. 6 Yana Santos.
Fight predictions and betting odds for every fight at UFC San Antonio
Marlon Vera (+145) vs. Cory Sandhagen (-175)
What a great main event with heavy title chase implications.
Vera is on a four-fight winning streak, with his last two wins over top 10 fighters. Sandhagen is coming off a win over No. 8 ranked Song Yadong. Sandhagen seemingly only falls short when fighting at the very top of the title picture. Oddly enough, that is a fight like this.
Sandhagen will probably start fast, maybe even winning the first two rounds. The problem for him is that he needs to close the distance on Vera to avoid his vicious kicks, which puts the clinching game into play. Vera tends to come on strong in the later rounds which could frustrate Sandhagen. Vera uses kicks and clinch striking which could put him on the way to a decision win.
Holly Holm (-245) vs. Yana Santos (+205)
Two incredibly talented strikers take the Octagon in the co-main event. At 41, MMA pioneer Holly Holm shows no sign of slowing down, as she reportedly signed a new six-fight deal recently. Across the cage, Santos is fighting for the first time since July 2021 due to having a baby. Both women are dynamic strikers with a lot of experience. Ultimately, Holm's takedowns will differentiate between the strikers and earn the decision.
Nate Landwehr (-225) vs. Austin Lingo (+180)
This featherweight fight should be a banger. Both fighters have high output, especially Landwehr. Lingo fights more measured but is still very hittable. Even with as much damage as could happen in this fight, Landwehr will probably land the more damaging shots and will win by decision.
Andrea Lee (+220) vs. Maycee Barber (-275)
Barber has won three in a row since losing to the current champ, but the strength of schedule isn't mind-blowing. Lee lost her last contest to top 10 contenders Viviane Araujo after two stoppage wins. These ladies both stay in the fight. Lee will edge out a close decision.
Alex Perez (+150 vs. Manel Kape (-175)
Top 10-ranked flyweight Kape is a dynamic striker. Perez has solid striking with great leg kicks. Kape has been more active; hot hand Kape by KO/TKO.
Chidi Njokuani (-155) vs. Albert Duraev (+135)
Typical striker versus grappler in this middleweight contest, Njokuani will time Duraev's takedowns and catch him with strikes for the KO/TKO win.
Daniel Pineda (+235) vs. Tucker Lutz (-280)
Lutz has a nasty left hook and Pineda is sloppy with poor defense; Lutz by KO/TKO.
Steven Peterson (-155) vs. Lucas Alexander (+135)
Peterson will come forward swinging, and also willingly take a punch to do so. However, his confidence and power will stop Alexander by KO/TKO.
Trevin Giles (-110) vs. Preston Parsons (-110)
Parsons will be chasing the takedown the whole fight. However, whereas Giles will have the striking advantage, he edges out a decision.
CJ Vergara (-245) vs. Daniel da Silva (+205)
Both fighters like to come forward and push the pace. However, Vergara is more talented and will get the fight to the ground and win by TKO.
Manuel Torres (-145) vs. Trey Ogdon (+125)
Torres will bring the fight on the feet. He's tough and has a good chin. On the other hand, Ogdon has faced better recently and is more methodical with great leg kicks. Ogdon times his shots well, secures the takedown and wins by submission.
Victor Altimirano (+100) vs. Vinicius Salvador (-120)
Salvador is making his UFC debut off his Dana White's Contender Series win. This fight probably starts as a firefight, but Altimirano's experience ultimately controls the striking gets the knockdown, and finishes with ground and pound for the TKO.
Hailey Cowan (-110) vs. Tamires Vidal (-110)
Cowan also debuts off a win at Dana White's Contender Series, hurting her opponent early and facing some adversity on the mat on her way to a split decision. Vidal won her UFC debut with a beautiful flying knee stoppage. Vidal should get this to the ground and win the scrambles, eventually getting the submission.