31-Year-Old UFC Flyweight 14-4-0
May 28, 2018 Hector Sandoval News
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Sandoval will no longer face Jarred Brooks at UFC Utica on June 1, as he was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an undisclosed injury, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
Sandoval badly needed a rebound from the fastest KO loss in flyweight history last August, but that opportunity will have to be put on hold for now. With little details of the injury or other withdrawal reason available, it's unclear exactly when the 31-year-old will step back in the Octagon. In the meantime, Jose Torres will step in to replace him on short notice.
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Fantasy AnalysisSandoval was the victim of the fastest knockout in the division's history in his last fight, falling just 15 seconds in to Dustin Ortiz. He'll look to bounce back against another relatively new flyweight that is also coming off a loss. Sandoval has already fought four times under the UFC banner, and three of those contests were ended via first-round stoppage. Though "odds to finish" marks are typically low in the men's flyweight division, this matchup has a good chance of breaking that stereotype.
Fantasy AnalysisNot much to say here. Sandoval came out firing and actually landed two good punches on Ortiz. Sandoval was then knocked down by a punch and finished off by follow-up punches. No analysis is necessary here; he came out looking to brawl and he was the one to go down when the fighters started throwing.
Fantasy AnalysisThe fight opened with a furious pace that saw the two competitors trading punches in the clinch like Pride FC fighters. Sandoval caught a kick and went for a takedown, and was able to slam himself free as Schnell wrapped the neck for a guillotine. Schnell looked to be trying to switch his hips for a submission attempt while on bottom, but Sandoval didn't miss a beat, posturing up and landing a succession of hammerfists to close the show. After getting starched by Wilson Reis in his UFC debut, Sandoval has now won his last two fights. He carries a 14-3 record in professional MMA.
Fantasy AnalysisSandoval didn't throw much on the feet, but he landed with great accuracy (42/76, 56%). He also landed just two of 12 takedown attempts, but his defense was so effective that he could afford to go for them with regularity. Sandoval had the near impossible task of facing one of the top contenders in the flyweight division in Wilson Reis in his UFC debut in July, but we saw much more of what we can expect from him moving forward on Saturday. It was a nice effort.
Fantasy AnalysisSandoval is coming off of a loss at UFC 201 back in July and is looking to improve upon his record of 12-3. He will face Freddy Serrano on December 17 in Sacramento, California.
Fantasy AnalysisSandoval will get a short-notice opportunity to make his UFC debut following the withdrawal of champion Demetrious Johnson in a fight that was originally scheduled to serve as the co-main event. The bout will likely be moved on the card, but it's a strong opportunity for the Team Alpha Male product to prove to UFC brass that he deserves to stick around with the promotion. Being a newcomer, however, Sandoval will likely enter the bout as an underdog.