- Cory Sandhagen knocked out Frankie Edgar at UFC Vegas 18.
- Sandhagen has won back to back fights since losing to Aljamain Sterling.
- The Sandman has also taken home two straight Performance of the Night bonuses.
Cory Sandhagen isn’t the most vocal fighter in the UFC but after his 28-second demolition of Frankie Edgar at UFC Vegas 18 last weekend, the Sandman didn’t hold back during the post-fight interviews.
With current UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan set to defend his title against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 on March 6th, and former champion T.J. Dillashaw demanding a shot at the belt he didn’t lose inside the cage, Sandhagen also made a solid case for himself:
Highlight Reel KO
FLYING KNEE [email protected]_life landed the highlight reel KO against Frankie Edgar at #UFCVegas18 pic.twitter.com/JUxFxF2EN9
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) February 7, 2021
Sandhagen delivered a highlight reel KO of former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at the co-main event of UFC Vegas 18. The Sandman needed less than half a minute to dispose of Edgar and earn his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus. Last October, Sandhagen landed a spectacular spinning wheel kick that led to a KO of former UFC bantamweight challenger and WSOF champion Marlon Moraes.
The wins over Edgar and Moraes have come after Sandhagen lost to Sterling at UFC 250 last June via submission in what was a title eliminator. By virtue of his win, Sterling will face Yan next month for the title. Had Sandhagen won that fight, it would have been him fighting the champion on March 6th. But that is water under the bridge now. And as Sandhagern says, he’s a different monster now.
Dillashaw wants immediate title shot after return from suspension https://t.co/OvInldSWN1 pic.twitter.com/wYMfydxl15
— theScore MMA (@theScoreMMA) December 3, 2020
Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw has been out of action for the past two years. Dillashaw received a two-year ban after testing positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) during a USADA test conducted prior to his fight against Henry Cejudo last January 19, 2019. That suspension was retroactive to the date of the fight and has ended last January 18, 2021.
Dillashaw has been making his presence felt since last December, at least on social media and during interviews. The former champion is asking for an immediate title shot because as he asserts, he never lost his belt inside the Octagon and since he vacated the title, it has not stayed on one waist for more than one title fight. Dillashaw has a valid point but with Yan vs Sterling already booked, and Sandhagen making a strong case for himself, Dillashaw may have to take the backseat.
If Yan wins, and that is not a given as top UFC betting sites are calling the Yan vs Sterling title fight a pick ‘em one, then the champion may go on to fight another challenger. That’s when the UFC will most likely have to pick between Dillashaw and Sandhagen as both men have a good claim. However, given Sandhagen’s body of work in his last two bouts and the fact that he is the no. 2 ranked bantamweight, it won’t be a surprise if he gets it over Dillashaw.