“Hardest I’ve been hit with is…” Hardest puncher between Petr Yan and Song Yadong SETTLED by common rival Cory Sandhagen

Cory Sandhagen reveals the hardest puncher he has ever faced.


“Hardest I’ve been hit with is…” Hardest puncher between Petr Yan and Song Yadong SETTLED by common rival Cory Sandhagen

Cory Sandhagen reveals the hardest puncher between Petr Yan and Song Yadong (via Imago)

Cory Sandhagen has faced some elite competition in the bantamweight division. As such, he has fought against Petr Yan and Song Yadong. With the two fighters going head to head at UFC 299, ‘The Sandman’ revealed who hit the hardest.

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In a recent interview with Shak MMA, Cory Sandhagen gave props to both Petr Yan and Song Yadong for their unique techniques. Having faced both the fighters inside the cage, ‘The Sandman’ felt Yadong hit him the hardest – in terms of power. Here is what he said:

Yan knocked me down with some craft sh**, but it wasn't necessarily the force of it. Like, the spinning back fist-hook, the two of them kind of knocked me down. Honestly, Song hit me the hardest that I've ever been hit and it was like the most hidden and most like technical tight left hook...The hardest I've been hit is against Song.
Cory Sandhagen (via Shak MMA)

Cory Sandhagen faced Petr Yan at UFC 267 and Yadong at a Fight Night event. While he lost to ‘No Mercy,’ he came back to win against Yadong. Despite losing to Yan and winning against Yadong, Sandhagen analyzed the power of both the men and fairly gave the hardest puncher credit to ‘The Kungfu Kid.’ Further, Sandhagen boasted about not being knocked out once in his career.

Petr Yan and Song Yadong face each other at UFC 299 this weekend at the Kaseya Center in Miami. With Yadong coming from back-to-back dominant performances and Yan looking to return to winning ways after three consecutive losses, this fight has a lot at stake.

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Cory Sandhagen accepts Umar Nurmagomedov’s callout and aims for a title shot

Umar Nurmagomedov and Cory Sandhagen were set to fight last year in a Fight Night event headliner. But, the Dagestani pulled out, citing an injury. This led ‘The Sandman’ to face the late-replacement Rob Font. As such, he secured a dominant win. But he suffered a torn tricep injury in the fight and remained on the sidelines. Now, Nurmagomedov once again aimed a shot at Sandhagen after his recent win at UFC Vegas 87.

Cory Sandhagen accepts callout from Umar Nurmagomedov
Cory Sandhagen accepts callout from Umar Nurmagomedov (Via X/Verdict MMA)

In a recent interview, Cory Sandhagen addressed the callout from Umar Nurmagomedov. He showed no hesitation and accepted the callout, given the Dagestani fighter was undefeated. Here is what he said:

I have no problem fighting Umar (Nurmagomedov), especially if they're (The UFC) telling me that it's for the #1 contender spot. If they're that high on him, then yeah, let's go at it! Let's solidify this thing for me so there's no more question about of whether it should be me or someone else.
Cory Sandhagen (via Shak MMA)

Reportedly, most of the bantamweight fighters avoided fighting Umar Nurmagomedov. This led him to take on a UFC debutant in his latest fight. As such, Cory Sandhagen should receive credit for accepting the challenge. However, whether the UFC rebooks them is to be seen.

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