Cory Sandhagen
Fight with Lineker rescheduled
March 14, 2019
Sandhagen will take on John Lineker in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Sandhagen has started his UFC run with three stoppages in a row, but Lineker will be an entirely different animal. He's a veteran of the promotion who has won eight of his last nine fights, mostly recently ending the night of Brian Kelleher in the third round. Working in Sanhagen's advantage is a massive eight-inch advantage in height and seven-inch advantage in reach, something not often seen in the 135-pound division. Look for Lineker to press forward with his aggressive style, while Sandhagen may be best-suited to hang back and land strikes from a distance.
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Easily handles newcomer Mario Bautista
January 19, 2019
Sandhagen defeated Mario Bautista via submission (armbar) at 3:31 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brooklyn.
Considering Sandhagen spent his entire training camp preparing for John Lineker, it's not a surprise that he was able to handle a late-notice replacement in Bautista. Sandhagen looks calm and composed for a kid with relatively little professional experience and he has displayed an impressive all-around game throughout his three fights with the UFC. This fight was so easy for Sandhagen that the company could probably set up a fight between he and Lineker once again in short order if that's the route they decide to go.
Remains on UFC Brooklyn card
January 12, 2019
Sandhagen (undisclosed) remains on the UFC Brooklyn card and will now fight newcomer Mario Bautista, reports.
Sandhagen will be making his first fight after returning from a 180-day medical suspension following his victory over Iuri Alcantara at UFC Fight Night 135 in August. His status for the Brooklyn card had been up in the air after his original opponent, John Lineker, withdrew due to a rib injury Thursday, but Bautista stepped in just two days later. Bautista will be making his UFC debut after winning all six of his professional matches with other promotions.
Needs new opponent
January 10, 2019
Sandhagen (undisclosed) is without an opponent for UFC Brooklyn on Jan. 19 following John Lineker's (ribs) withdrawal, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
The promotion is apparently looking to keep Sandhagen on the card, though it could be difficult to find a replacement for Lineker with the fight just nine days away.
Receives six-month medical suspension
August 29, 2018
Sandhagen has been dealt a 180-day medical suspension after his knockout victory over luri Alcantara at UFC Lincoln over the weekend, reports.
Sandhagen and Alcantara put together a very entertaining fight Saturday, with the back-and-forth nature of the bout earning both men $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses. However, Sandhagen did take his fair share of shots and has now been dealt a 180-day medical suspension. He'll have to serve at least 60 of those days no matter what, though a physician does have the ability to clear him after that if everything checks out. Sandhagen has now won four fights in a row and sits with a 9-1 career record, so he could be in line for an uptick in competition once again the next time he's in the Octagon.
Shows extreme toughness in Round 2 TKO victory
August 25, 2018
Sandhagen defeated Iuri Alcantara via TKO (punches) at 1:01 of Round 2 at UFC Lincoln on Saturday. The back-and-forth nature of this fight led both men to leave with $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses.
Sandhagen was immediately caught by a punch and rocked. He found himself in a deep armbar that looked as if it would surely break. In just his second UFC fight the young up-and-comer exhibited the toughness of a UFC veteran and did not tap. He eventually escaped the armbar and wound up on top of "Marajo." Sandhagen rained down ground-and-pound for the last few minutes of the round and the fight was almost stopped on multiple occasions. When the second round started the Aurora, Colorado native landed a hook that knocked Alcantara down and finished the fight with follow-up ground-and-pound. It was a very late stoppage by the referee.