Cory Sandhagen looks back on his recent win over Rob Font at UFC Nashville, admitting that while the fight may not have been the most entertaining, he believes he made the best decision given the circumstances. Ta. Sandhagen won a unanimous decision victory over Font in a hard-fought wrestling match, despite being booed by the crowd and landing fewer significant blows.
Sandhagen revealed he suffered a complete tear in his triceps early in the season opener. He will undergo surgery to repair his injuries. Despite the injury, he opted for a grappling-focused approach to counteract Font’s strengths and secure the victory.
Sandhagen acknowledged the balance between sports and entertainment in the UFC and how his injury has affected his strategy. He explained that he could not afford to take unnecessary risks because he was in a dangerous situation. He also emphasized that Font’s grappling advantage played an important role in his strategy.
He was initially preparing to face Umar Nurmagomedov, but when Font stepped in at short notice, Sandhagen honored his promise and continued the fight despite the elbow problem.
Sandhagen hoped the outcome of the match would not negatively impact his standing in the title race. He said he had discussed the situation with Dana White, and White understood Sandhagen’s situation.
He defended his performance, highlighting his wins over Song Yadong and Marlon Vera in his previous bouts. He believes his dominance over top fighters like Font, despite the injury and unconventional circumstances, should solidify his status as a title contender.
As for recovery, Sandhagen expects to be out for about six months due to surgery. He also addressed potential changes in the bantamweight division, including Aljamain Sterling’s title defense against Sean O’Malley and the possibility of fighters moving up or down the division.