WATCH: Cory Sandhagen Lands KO of the Year as He Puts UFC Legend Frankie Edgar to Sleep in 28 Seconds

Published 02/06/2021, 10:41 PM EST


UFC bantamweight, Cory Sandhagen, well and truly established himself as the next man in line for gold at UFC Fight Night. ‘The Sandman’ was one half of the co-main event and battled Frankie Edgar for all the marble. Chiefly, Cory Sandhagen will undoubtedly be walking away with the ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus as he KO’ed the durable Edgar.

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The 14-2 fighter landed a flush flying knee right to Frankie Edgar’s jaw and sent him slumping over the canvas. ‘The Answer’ was stiff as a board as he went down and took a considerable amount of time to get his bearing. The flashy KO finish came at 00:28 of the very first round and will serve as Sandhagen’s ticket to gold.

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Frankie Edgar is one of the most durable fighters on the roster and is known for his iron chin. He’s faced some of the heaviest hitters in the organization’s history and has been able to withstand some monstrous blows. However, the aforementioned flying knee was placed to perfection and could have knocked out a horse.

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UFC bantamweights: Cory Sandhagen vs Frankie Edgar

The Sandman’ came in as a considerable favorite, and his last performance in the cage was a clear reason why. He is fresh off a TKO win over Marlon Moraes that came by the way of spinning back fist. It seems like a long time ago that he was battling with the fall-out of being submitted by Aljamain Sterling early into their fight.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: Aljamain Sterling celebrates after his submission victory over Cory Sandhagen in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Chiefly, he’ll be closely watching over the bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling that’s coming up. Both match-ups have exciting stakes and make for interesting scraps on paper. However, given the bitter taste that ‘Aljo’ left in his mouth, Cory Sandhagen will be looking forward to that eventual title fight.

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Frankie Edgar is now 1-1 at bantamweight and wasn’t able to capitalize on the momentum of his last win over Pedro Munhoz. The recent loss added to his woes of being stopped as he’s had some tough outings at featherweight prior to his move down. Chiefly, there are several questions surrounding the future of the icon UFC legend going forward.

 

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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