Cory Sandhagen Wants Winner of Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling

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Cory Sandhagen did not need long to score the biggest win of his career yet when he vanquished perennial contender and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar with a vicious flying knee in just 28 seconds.

Sandhagen improved to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in the UFC. “The Sandman” went airborne and collided his knee into Edgar’s chin, putting “The Answer” unconscious before he hit the ground.

“It feels good, man, but that’s Frankie Edgar, you know?” Sandhagen told Daniel Cormier during the post-fight interview of the ESPN+ broadcast. “I don’t want to watch that happen to him, but better him than me, so, that’s the game we’re in.”

Cory Sandhagen Calls His Shot

Sandhagen, the incumbent No. 2-ranked bantamweight entering the contest against No. 4 Edgar, called out the winner of champion Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling, who are set to fight for the bantamweight title at UFC 259 on March 6. Sandhagen predicts he’ll knock out the winner for the strap in July.

Sterling submitted Sandhagen with a rear-naked choke in June to secure his meeting with Yan. Sandhagen told Cormier he intends to finish Sterling in an eventual rematch should “The Funkmaster” beat Yan.

“I’m a different monster than I was before I fought Aljamain Sterling,” Sandhagen said. “He taught me some lessons. I know Yan has been talking about fighting T.J. [Dillashaw] after that fight, and that’s if he even wins that fight. That’s garbage to me. Fight me. I’m the toughest guy next to Aljamain. If Aljamain wins, I owe him a nap, and he’s going to get that nap. The winner of those two gets knocked out by me in July.”

Sandhagen followed his loss to Sterling with back-to-back finishes over Marlon Moraes and Edgar. Both were flashy knockouts, as Sandhagen landed a wheel kick to Moraes’ jaw early in the second round.


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