Cory Sandhagen


Top contender fight appears postponed
April 2, 2020
Sandhagen will no longer face Aljamain Sterling at UFC San Diego on May 16, as the California State Athletic Commission has cancelled all combat sports events until June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
Sandhagen moved to 5-0 in the UFC with an August victory over Rafael Assuncao, but has run into a string of bad luck of late. He was scheduled to face Frankie Edgar in December before that bout was ultimately cancelled, and now the future of his showdown with the division's No. 2-ranked contender is in limbo. Champion Henry Cejudo's scheduled title defense May 9 in Brazil is looking iffy as well, and it's unclear how the UFC intends to realign when fights hopefully resume later in the summer.
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Could fight in May
March 23, 2020
A fight between Sandhagen and Aljamain Sterling is in the works for UFC Fight Night in San Diego on May 16, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
It remains unclear if the date in question will still be available due to the current coronavirus pandemic, but it is on the schedule as of now. Sandhagen sports a 13-1 MMA record and has reeled off five-straight UFC victories. His potential opponent, Sterling, has momentum as well, as he is riding a four-fight win streak.
Raleigh fight canceled
December 23, 2019
Sandhagen won't be fighting at UFC on ESPN+ 24 after his opponent, Frankie Edgar, had to be removed from the card after suffering damage to his right orbital in the loss to Chan Sung Jung on Saturday, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Edgar fought at UFC on ESPN+ 23 this past Saturday as a fill-in for Brian Ortega (knee) after the 28-year-old suffered a partially torn ACL earlier this month. He was still in line to fight Sandhagen on Jan. 25 in Raleigh if he didn't suffer an injury during his TKO loss to Jung over the weekend. Sandhagen will unfortunately not receive a replacement opponent and will now look to extend his three-match winning streak against a new challenger in 2020.
Set to face Frankie Edgar
November 13, 2019
Sandhagen will take on Frankie Edgar (wrist) in a bantamweight bout in a co-main event at UFC Fight Night in Raleigh on Jan. 25, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Sandhagen carries a 5-0 record as a UFC fighter with a 12-1 record over his professional career as he prepares to face Edgar, who is a veteran in MMA but is making his bantamweight debut. Edgar won the UFC's 155-pound championship in 2010 and is 23-7-1 as a professional fighter. He is coming off a loss to Max Holloway via unanimous decision in July. Sandhagen carries advantages in height and reach heading into the fight.
Easily decisions Raphael Assuncao
August 17, 2019
Sandhagen defeated Raphael Assuncao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
It's rare, if ever, you will see a fighter completely shutdown Assunaco like Sandhagen did in this one. Cory flawlessly used his six-inch height edge to his advantage. He constantly varied his offensive attacks and effectively switched stances throughout the course of the fight. Sandhagen is the rare 5-foot-11 bantamweight and he's competent in all areas of the sport. In short, his recent run of success is totally legitimate. The 27-year-old Colorado native and Elevation Fight Team product has now won seven fights in a row (4-0 in the UFC) including back-to-back wins over Assunaco and John Lineker. Sandhagen is going to find himself in the title conversation at 135 pounds in the immediate future.
Facing Assuncao at UFC 241
May 22, 2019
Sandhagen is scheduled to face Raphael Assuncao at UFC 241 in Anaheim on August 17, reports.
Sandhagen is fresh off a split-decision victory over John Lineker in late April, and will now get a chance to face the veteran Assuncao. Sandhagen is 4-0 since debuting for UFC in January 2018 but will now be tested against one of the mainstays of the bantamweight division.