Cory Sandhagen is one of the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster right now. His knockout wins over Frankie Edgar and Marlon Moraes still remain one of the best in UFC’s history. Sandhagen is number 4th ranked bantamweight, and he’s on a two-fight skid.
He fought for the number one contender spot against TJ Dillashaw back in July 2021. Sandhagen dismantled TJ for five rounds, but TJ fought through the pain and used his wrestling to get the decision victory. Many thought Cory won the fight, but nonetheless, he got the chance to fight for the interim title against Petr Yan at the co-main event of UFC 267. TJ was recovering from a knee injury, and he had to pass up that opportunity.
Yan and Sterling fought tooth and nail, but Yan got the slight edge on the judges’ scorecard, to become the interim champ. Cory Sandhagen hasn’t competed since, and he wants a fight against the true legends of the division. Talking about his future in an interview with the MMA Junkie, he said, “I’m still hoping for Aldo or Cruz. I think that would set me up very nicely for maybe like two more wins and then fight for the belt again. … At this point, I haven’t tasted a win since I beat Edgar. I would really like a win. I also know I’m very capable of beating anyone in the division also.”
“Haven’t tasted a win since Edgar”- Cory Sandhagen is itching to get back inside the octagon, eyes a fight against legends of the sport
Jose Aldo and Cruz are true legends of the sport, both of them are former champs, and they have been taking out top-ranked opponents ever since their return. Cory believes they are really dangerous, and nobody can count them out, “Cruz and Aldo honestly are just both seasoned veterans in a sport where experience is extremely important,” Sanhagen said.
“I would really like to test myself against those two. I have the utmost respect for both of them. Anyone that stays in this sport for as long as those have, I know they most really love it. So I appreciate those type of fighters and that’s not to hate on the other guys who kind of leave more when they’re in their prime.”
“I really want to fight Cruz before he retires, Aldo too though. I get a lot of people saying that me and Cruz are very parallel and our styles this and that, but I love Aldo’s style too. I have been a student of Aldo and Cruz for a very long time. If I did have a preference, I’d go with Cruz because that would just be a right time, right place type of thing,” Sandhagen concluded.