Cory Sandhagen Makes Case For Fights With Frankie Edgar or Dominick Cruz
By FCF Staff
After defeating longtime contender Raphael Assuncao in August, rising bantamweight Cory Sandhagen is making the case for fights with either Frankie Edgar or Dominick Cruz.
Sandhagen faced Assuncao at UFC 241 and worked his way to a unanimous decision victory. With the win, the 27-year-old fighter moved his UFC record to 5-0 and his overall record to 12-1. Sandhagen also moved into the #3 ranking at 135.
Recently Sandhagen spoke with MMA Junkie, and while talking about his next fight, he said this:
“The bantamweight fights booked for December were all matches I would have liked too,” Sandhagen said, while referring to the Urijah Faber vs. Petr Yan and Marlon Moraes vs. Jose Aldo match-ups. “I knew all those guys were going to want to fight this year because they haven’t fought in a while so I was going to see how things played out, and I think they did a good job. Stylistically those are all interesting match ups.”
“So that leaves me with two options, either Frankie or Cruz,” Sandhagen said. “They have nobody else to fight that’s going to do anything for them as far as getting closer to a title. I’d love to fight either one of them early next year, but I’m spending the rest of my year working on new techniques and getting better. I have the long term in mind, so it’s on them if they want to wait. I’m doing what’s going to make me the best when I start to really peak in this sport.”
Recently Edgar confirmed that he plans to drop down from bantamweight after losing to featherweight champ, Max Holloway this past July. The former bantamweight champ Cruz, however, hasn’t fought since he lost to Cody Garbrandt in 2016 due to injuries.