‘If It’s Damage, I Win’- Cory Sandhagen Opens up on His Controversial Decision Loss to TJ Dillashaw

Published 07/26/2021, 12:40 AM EDT


Cory Sandhagen faced off against former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in an epic blood and guts main event at UFC Vegas 32. As it was a fight amongst two of the very best at 135-pounds, the event had garnered a lot of hype. It is safe to say that the fight lived up to all the hype and much more as the two men went toe-to-toe till the final bell.

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Following a razor-thin split decision loss against Dillashaw, Cory Sandhagen shared his thoughts about what he made of the fight. He took to Instagram and wrote, “My thoughts on the fight, as I’m sure some of you are curious: I believe I should have done more to win. I made a few mistakes that gave him a nod from the judges.”

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‘Sandman’ continued, “I kept myself protected and defended almost all the shots while scoring the harder and cleaner ones. He was able to control against cage for longer, while not doing any damage.. up to you if you score that as winning. I will give credit to TJ for fighting tough. It was a coin toss. If it’s damage, I win. If it’s control, he wins. So it goes.. thanks for the support from everyone.. gonna keep climbing”

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Cory Sandhagen falls short in a title eliminator once again 

Sandman’ is a tremendous fighter and is without a doubt, one of the very best at 135-pounds. However, this is the second time in his UFC career that he has failed to win a title eliminator. The last time he found himself in the same situation, he lost a fight against Aljamain Sterling, who went on to fight for the belt in his very next fight.

The common consensus going into this fight was that the winner would challenge for the title against the winner of Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling.

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The fight against Dillashaw was too close to call. It could have gone either way. Unfortunately for Sandhagen, the decision did not go his way. In the post-fight interviews, he stated he would be back and is still only a win away from a title shot.

What did you make of the fight? Do you agree with the decision? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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