Andrew Sanchez vs Markus Perez UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/18
Markus Perez vs Andrew Sanchez
UFC: Saturday, August 25, 2018 (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
The Line: Sanchez +110 / Perez -138 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
American MMA fighter, Andrew Sanchez, will be fighting at UFC Fight Night 135. Sanchez will be taking on Markus Perez from Brazil. This fight was initially scheduled to be between Antonio Braga Neto and Andrew Sanchez but Neto withdrew a few days ago due to personal reasons. While this may have disappointed fans, the replacement fighter is just as exciting and talented so we should still be able to witness a very interesting contest.
Markus Perez enters this fight with a record of 10 wins and 1 loss. This is a good record and the Brazilian will look to improve it so he can be seen as one of the top fighters in the middleweight division. Markus Perez is one of the best submission artists in the UFC at the moment and this can be seen by the fact that almost half of his wins have been via that method. I am expecting Markus Perez to try a close combat style and keep the fight on the mat so he can exploit his submission skills.
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Andrew Sanchez will need to be aware of Markus Perez’s submission skill and keep this fight standing. This is a very important fight for the American as he has lost his last 2 fights which means the pressure is one for him to win or his UFC contract might be finished. This fight will be hugely determined by the mental space of Andrew Sanchez as he has been knockout out in his past 2 fights which means that he might be scared to attempt to keep this fight standing. If Sanchez’s fear of getting knocked out 3 times in a row leads him to allow Perez to take the fight to the mat, this contest could end very badly for the American.
It is hard to see Markus Perez lose this fight. Andrew Sanchez has looked like a very fragile fighter his last 2 fights and I don’t think he has enough confidence to win this fight. I expect Markus Perez to take this fight to the mat which will result in Andrew Sanchez tapping out.