‘You’re Still One Fight Away From the Title’- Cory Sandhagen Shares Promised Made by Sean Shelby

Published 07/25/2021, 12:15 PM EDT


UFC Fight Night closed off with a hardcore five round contest between Tj Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen. The fight went all the way to the judge’s scorecard, where Dillashaw prevailed by split decision. Even in defeat, ‘Sandman’ impressed many fans and fellow fighters with his performance. Sandhagen still has a decent MMA record of 14 wins and only 3 losses.

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‘Sandman’ joined a post fight interview with Megan Olivi, where he disclosed he is still one fight away from getting a title shot. Cory Sandhagen said, “I don’t want to be a little whiny baby. I’m going to take it, you know, I’m going to get better from it. That’s what I’m going to do, and I’m still gonna win the world championship hopefully still next year.”

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Cory Sandhagen continued, “Sean Shelby just talked to me in the back. I made him pinky-promise me that I’m one fight away from winning the title. He came back and said, there’s nothing I can do about that. But I promise you, you’re still one fight away from the title. I said, ‘I’m gonna make you pinky-promise me. And’ He did, so that’s still what we’re looking at.”

According to Sandhagen, UFC match maker Sean Shelby has promised him a title shot after getting back on the winning column.

How will Cory Sandhagen get a quick title shot?

Cory Sandhagen is a top ranked bantamweight, hence winning one fight will again place him in the conversation of a title contender. As of now, Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling are expected to meet in a rematch for the bantamweight title. Yet the UFC has not scheduled the fight. This provides ample time for Sandhagen to get back his winning momentum. If ‘Sandman’ somehow manages a rematch and wins against TJ Dillashaw, this could provide him with the best possible chance of getting a quick title shot.

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If TJ doesn’t take the rematch and wins a fight against another top bantamweight, there is a good chance that the UFC will favor Dillashaw over Sandhagen. And with fighters like Rob Font and Jose Aldo waiting in the wings. The quickest way to get the title fight would be defeating Dillashaw in a rematch and leaving the rest to UFC match maker Sean Shelby.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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