“I think Yan will definitely beat him in the next one,” says Cory Sandhagen about a rematch between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling

The UFC Bantamweight fighter Cory Sandhagen is confident that Petr Yan will beat Aljamain Sterling easily in their rematch.

Cory Sandhagen, Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan
Cory Sandhagen, Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan

The number two ranked UFC Bantamweight fighter Cory Sandhagen is all set to face the former two times Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw in a match on 8th May on UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Dillashaw.

It is clear that the winner of this match is going to be the number one contender for the Bantamweight title and will face the winner of the rematch between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling.

Due to Sterling’s neck surgery, this match is pushed forward and it will happen at the end of this year. But Cory Sandhagen sees a silver lining in this too. In his latest interview with MMA Junkie, Sandhagen says,

“You want to give Aljamain kinda the benefit of the doubt, just because the way the fight happened, But it’s kind of hard to give the guy the benefit of the doubt the way that he’s acting after his fight, but if he needs neck surgery, he needs neck surgery.”

“I’m not gonna speculate on it too much. It’s more about me and focusing on what I can do. … It wasn’t as discouraging as it was kind of just a bit annoying.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

Cory Sandhagen continued, “As far as the fight goes, I learned a lot by watching both of those guys in the fact that I think they both showed some holes that I think were pretty obvious,”

“I’m excited to watch them fight again just from a strategy standpoint where I can see some more holes and just develop a better and better game plan for when it’s time to fight one of them.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

Cory Sandhagen expects Yan to get an easy win against Sterling in the rematch

Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling
Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling

The former Bantamweight champion Petr Yan was beating Aljamain Sterling easily in their match before Yan throw that illegal knee and lost his title. Cory Sandhagen expects that the result of the rematch is going to be an easy win for Yan.

Cory Sandhagen says, “Yeah, I think Yan will definitely beat him in the next one, The way that the fight was going, Aljamain was coming at him with his heaviest artillery, and he couldn’t really get anything going, and Yan took it like a champ until he made a really terrible decision.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

“Definitely Aljamain was losing in my opinion, and if I win the belt like that, I would likely be acting in a very different way. I think that I would be pretty upset because I was losing, not because I got DQ’d, but easier said than done I guess.”

Sandhagen continued, “The knee looked flagrant. I don’t think it gets too much more looking flagrant than that, so Yan definitely didn’t make a good decision, and I think he kind of deserves to get stripped with such a flagrant knee and just an awkward fight in general. It was just a weird, not great fight.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

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