‘Petr Yan Did Me a Favor’ – Cory Sandhagen on Petr Yan’s Illegal Knee Loss to Aljamain Sterling

Published 03/24/2021, 11:34 PM EDT


The UFC’s bantamweight division is one that has been mired by controversy in recent weeks. The recent title fight between champion Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling ended in a disqualification for the champ. He illegally kneed Sterling’s head when the American was down on the ground. Now, another star of the bantamweight division, Cory Sandhagen, has his take of the fight.

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In a video uploaded on Full Reptile’s YouTube channel, Sandhagen revealed that he found the fight weird. “The way that the title shot went was strange. The fight, in general, was a very awkward fight, in my opinion,” he said.

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However, he also said that he was happy with the outcome. “I was a little bit happy that it went the way it did because you never know what is going to happen in the sport, and Yan was talking a lot about fighting TJ,” he added.

He was referring to TJ Dillashaw and their ongoing feud. Sandhagen explained that he wants to fight Dillashaw because of their feud. Additionally, Dillashaw is a former champion of the division, and any fight will be a big fight against a big name for Sandhagen.

He also revealed that the knee meant that he was sure that he would get the fight against Dillashaw, and thus Yan did him a favor. “The fact that the fight went the way it did only solidified my fight with TJ a little bit more… When that happened, I was 99 percent sure that I was fighting TJ. So, Yan did me a favor in some weird sense,” he concluded.

Cory Sandhagen and his rise to the top in Bantamweight

Sandhagen is a fierce competitor and one of the hardest guys to fight in bantamweight. He has an impressive record of 14-2, and he’s 7-1 in the UFC. His only loss came against the current champion Sterling, who submitted him in a frantic first round, inside two minutes.

He’s currently ranked number 2 in the official UFC rankings, and his stock is very high at the moment after his 30-second knockout victory over Frankie Edgar. Edgar’s legend status has a lot to do with it, but additionally, the knockout blow was a spectacularly delivered flying knee.

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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)

Sterling and Yan will certainly fight each other again after that controversial finish to their first fight. That leaves the door open for his fight against Dillashaw, and if he wins the fight, he’ll surely fight for the title.

Do you think Cory Sandhagen can win the bantamweight title?

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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