Everything You Need To Know About UFC On ESPN 43: Vera vs Sandhagen

How to watch this week's UFC Fight Night card live from Texas
11:00, 23 Mar 2023

After a superb outing in London last weekend, that saw Leon Edwards retain his UFC Welterweight Championship against Kamaru Usman, UFC returns Stateside. Everything is bigger in Texas, and cards don’t come much bigger than this Fight Night extravaganza.

The main event sees elite bantamweight Marlon Vera take on former Interim title challenger Cory Sandhagen. Vera is riding a four fight winning streak, having taken home either Fight or Performance of the Night in each of those victories.

The co-main event features combat sports royalty as former boxing and UFC world champion Holly Holm faces ex-Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Yana Santos. Former Ronda Rousey-conqueror Holm is coming off a controversial split decision loss to Ketlen Vieira and has just signed a new six-fight deal with the promotion.

Here’s everything you need to know about UFC on ESPN 43.

Where: AT & T Center, San Antonio, Texas, United States

When: Saturday 25th March, (9pm UK time)

How To Watch: BT Sport 2HD

Tale Of The Tape: 


Place Of Birth: Chone, Ecuador

Residence: Irvine, California, United States

Age: 30

Alias: Chito

Record: 20-7-1

Height: 5’8” 

Reach: 70½’’ 

Stance: Southpaw

Last Fight: Vera knocked out two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz with a head kick in four rounds last August.



Place Of Birth: Aurora, Colorado, United States

Age: 30

Alias: The Sandman

Record: 15-4

Height: 5’11” 

Reach: 69½ ” 

Stance: Switch 

Last Fight: Song Yandong was pulled out by the doctor after four rounds against Sandhagen in September.

What They Say:

“I don’t need to say anything about him to think I’m going to win. I’m going to win because I’m working this hard. He’s going to wake up and be like, ‘F*ck, I got caught.’ But you didn’t get caught, you got knocked the f*ck out or you got submitted.” (Vera, MMA Junkie)

"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." (Sandhagen, MiddleEasy)

Full Fight Card: 

Main Card

Marlon Vera v Cory Sandhagen

Holly Holm v Yana Santos 

Nate Landwehr v Austin Lingo

Andrea Lee v Maycee Barber 

Chidi Njokuani v Albert Duraev 

Preliminary Card

Alex Perez v Manel Kape 

Daniel Pineda v Tucker Lutz 

Steven Peterson v Lucas Alexander 

Trevin Giles v Preston Parsons 

C.J. Vergara v Daniel da Silva 

Manuel Torres v Trey Ogden 

Victor Altamirano v Vinicius Salvador

Hailey Cowan v Tamires Vidal

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