Cory Sandhagen

USA

Easily decisions Raphael Assuncao
BantamweightUFC
August 17, 2019
Sandhagen defeated Raphael Assuncao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
It's rare, if ever, you will see a fighter completely shutdown Assunaco like Sandhagen did in this one. Cory flawlessly used his six-inch height edge to his advantage. He constantly varied his offensive attacks and effectively switched stances throughout the course of the fight. Sandhagen is the rare 5-foot-11 bantamweight and he's competent in all areas of the sport. In short, his recent run of success is totally legitimate. The 27-year-old Colorado native and Elevation Fight Team product has now won seven fights in a row (4-0 in the UFC) including back-to-back wins over Assunaco and John Lineker. Sandhagen is going to find himself in the title conversation at 135 pounds in the immediate future.
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Facing Assuncao at UFC 241
BantamweightUFC
May 22, 2019
Sandhagen is scheduled to face Raphael Assuncao at UFC 241 in Anaheim on August 17, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Sandhagen is fresh off a split-decision victory over John Lineker in late April, and will now get a chance to face the veteran Assuncao. Sandhagen is 4-0 since debuting for UFC in January 2018 but will now be tested against one of the mainstays of the bantamweight division.
Survives late submission threat
BantamweightUFC
April 27, 2019
Sandhagen defeated John Lineker via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Sandhagen used his tremendous length advantage to keep Lineker at bay, though he took loads of punishment to the body throughout this fight. That said, he was still able to gain an edge in striking in a gritty, back-and-forth affair. It almost took a bad turn at the end, as Lineker caught him in a tight guillotine attempt, but Sandhagen was able to tough it out until the final bell. The 27-year-old prospect improves 4-0 in the UFC, and now has a signature win against a ranked opponent.
Fight with Lineker rescheduled
BantamweightUFC
March 14, 2019
Sandhagen will take on John Lineker in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Sandhagen has started his UFC run with three stoppages in a row, but Lineker will be an entirely different animal. He's a veteran of the promotion who has won eight of his last nine fights, mostly recently ending the night of Brian Kelleher in the third round. Working in Sanhagen's advantage is a massive eight-inch advantage in height and seven-inch advantage in reach, something not often seen in the 135-pound division. Look for Lineker to press forward with his aggressive style, while Sandhagen may be best-suited to hang back and land strikes from a distance.
Easily handles newcomer Mario Bautista
BantamweightUFC
January 19, 2019
Sandhagen defeated Mario Bautista via submission (armbar) at 3:31 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brooklyn.
ANALYSIS
Considering Sandhagen spent his entire training camp preparing for John Lineker, it's not a surprise that he was able to handle a late-notice replacement in Bautista. Sandhagen looks calm and composed for a kid with relatively little professional experience and he has displayed an impressive all-around game throughout his three fights with the UFC. This fight was so easy for Sandhagen that the company could probably set up a fight between he and Lineker once again in short order if that's the route they decide to go.
Remains on UFC Brooklyn card
BantamweightUFC
January 12, 2019
Sandhagen (undisclosed) remains on the UFC Brooklyn card and will now fight newcomer Mario Bautista, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Sandhagen will be making his first fight after returning from a 180-day medical suspension following his victory over Iuri Alcantara at UFC Fight Night 135 in August. His status for the Brooklyn card had been up in the air after his original opponent, John Lineker, withdrew due to a rib injury Thursday, but Bautista stepped in just two days later. Bautista will be making his UFC debut after winning all six of his professional matches with other promotions.