Every Tattoo on Cory Sandhagen and the Stories Behind Them

Published 07/22/2021, 7:02 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (R-L) Cory Sandhagen punches Marlon Moraes of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Top bantamweight, Cory Sandhagen will return to action this weekend at UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Dillashaw. He will take on the former two-time champion of the division and a returning T.J. Dillashaw. Sandhagen, who has been on a tear in the 135 lbs division of the UFC, sits at #2 in the rankings.

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After suffering his first UFC loss against Aljamain Sterling, ‘Sandman’ has provided two back-to-back highlight-reel finishes. A wheel kick knockout against Marlon Moraes and a flying-knee finish against Frankie Edgar were both worthy of the knockout of the year award.

Now, ahead of Sandhagen’s return to action, we take a look at his tattoos.

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Sandhagen, a tall and lanky fighter, refers to himself as a ‘White, Skinny guy with the back tattoo.’ Needless to say, his back tattoo is a thing of beauty as well. The tattoo that is spread all over his back suits him perfectly and makes the fighter more recognizable for the fans.

Sandhagen’s back tattoo consists of angels. This is a bit off-beat considering that other MMA fighters prefer to have gladiators or warriors on their skin as compared to angels. But maybe this is a representation of Sandhagen’s religious views as a person. This piece documents his belief.

Can Cory Sandhagen seal his place as the next title challenger?

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Sandhagen has long been looking for a title shot. Until now, his performances in the bantamweight division have been nothing short of phenomenal. Unfortunately, his loss to Sterling served as a colossal blow to his title shot aspirations.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: Cory Sandhagen lands a flying knee to knock out Frankie Edgar in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Nevertheless, ‘Sandman‘ believes he is better than ever after that result. He has developed as a martial artist since then and a win over Dillashaw will certainly put a stamp on his position as the next challenger for the bantamweight gold.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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