UFC Aiming To Book Song Yadong vs. Cory Sandhagen For September 17th Main Event, Two Featherweight Bouts Set

A trio of fights for UFC’s September 17th show, including the main event bout, have been reported recently.

The promotion is aiming to pair up bantamweights Song Yadong and Cory Sandhagen for the main event of their “Fight Night” card, per Marcell Dorff of Eurosport Netherlands.

The fight has not been confirmed but is reportedly in the process of being finalized by the promotion right now. Should it be made official, it will be the main event for a card that doesn’t have a set location at the moment.

The bout could be Song’s first main event appearance since joining the UFC in 2017. He has put together an impressive record during his time with the promotion, scoring eight wins through 10 appearances.

Song scored a finish victory earlier this year, defeating now-retired Marlon Moraes in the first round with strikes. The fight was his third consecutive win over the past year.

Sandhagen will be looking to get back into the win column in his next appearance. He took two consecutive losses last year, albeit against high-profile names in the 135-pound division.

Sandhagen lost an interim title fight in his last appearance, going five rounds against Petr Yan in October 2021 for a unanimous decision result. Earlier that year, he dropped a split decision against former titleholder TJ Dillashaw.

Two Featherweight Fights Set For September

A pair of featherweight bouts have also been confirmed for UFC’s September 17th show.

Fighting to keep his flawless promotional run intact, Pat Sabatini will meet Damon Jackson. News of this matchup was first confirmed by Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie.

Sabatini has yet to lose through four appearances in the UFC. He wrapped up his rookie year with the promotion in April, earning a unanimous decision win over TJ Laramie.

Jackson is currently on a strong three-fight winning streak. His last win came against short-notice opponent Dan Argueta, who he beat on scorecards.

Andre Fili and Lando Vannata are also set to appear on the card, per Nolan King of MMA Junkie.

Fili will be aiming to score his first victory in over two years. He has been unsuccessful in recent outings, suffering two losses and one no-contest since late 2020.

Vannata has flipped between wins and losses in recent years. He suffered a quick defeat in his last showing, getting caught early with a guillotine choke by Charles Jourdain in April.

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