|Intro||American mixed martial arts fighter|
|Is||Athlete Mixed martial artist|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||20 April 1992|
Cory Sandhagen (born April 20, 1992) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2015, he has also competed for Legacy Fighting Alliance. As of December 16, 2019, he is #4 in the UFC bantamweight rankings.
In his youth, Sandhagen played basketball. Eventually he grew interest in combat sports, first picking up kickboxing in which he won multiple WKA titles. After winning a WKA world title, Sandhagen began transitioning to mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Sandhagen made his Legacy Fighting Alliance debut on February 24, 2017 at LFA 5 against Jamall Emmers, losing the bout via unanimous decision. His next fight was on October 17, 2017 against Luiz Antonio Lobo Gavinho at LFA 24, which he won via first round TKO. Sandhagen's final appearance for Legacy Fighting Alliance came on January 19, 2018 at LFA 31, defeating Jose Aguayo via first round TKO.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Sandhagen made his promotional debut at UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 on January 27, 2018 against Austin Arnett. He won the fight via second round TKO.
His next bout was at UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick on August 25, 2018 Iuri Alcantara. After a back-and-forth affair, he won the fight via second round TKO. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.
Sandhagen was scheduled to face Thomas Almeida at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw. However, it was later announced that Sandhagen would face John Lineker at the event instead. On January 10, Lineker was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a rib injury. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Mario Bautista. He won the bout via first round submission.
The bout with Lineker was rescheduled and eventually took place on April 27, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson. Sandhagen won the fight via split decision.
Sandhagen faced Raphael Assunção on August 17, 2019 at UFC 241. He won the bout by unanimous decision.
Sandhagen was scheduled to face Frankie Edgar in a bantamweight bout on January 25, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 166. However, Edgar was removed from the fight in favour of a bout against Chan Sung Jung a month earlier at UFC Fight Night 165. In turn, Sandhagen was removed from the card and is expected to be rescheduled for a future event after promotion officials deemed that a suitable opponent could not be arranged.
Apart from mixed martial arts career, Sandhagen works part-time at a trauma center for children. He also teaches mixed martial arts at High Altitude Martial Arts in Aurora, Colorado.
Championships and achievements
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||12 wins||1 loss|
|Win||12–1||Raphael Assunção||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 241||August 17, 2019||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||11–1||John Lineker||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson||April 27, 2019||3||5:00||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Win||10–1||Mario Bautista||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw||January 19, 2019||1||3:31||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Win||9–1||Iuri Alcântara||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick||August 25, 2018||2||1:01||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States||Return to Bantamweight. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||8–1||Austin Arnett||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2||January 27, 2018||2||3:48||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||7–1||Jose Aguayo||TKO (knee and punches)||LFA 31||January 19, 2018||1||1:07||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||6–1||Luiz Antonio Lobo Gavinho||TKO (punches)||LFA 24||October 13, 2017||1||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Jamall Emmers||Decision (unanimous)||LFA 5||February 24, 2017||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||5–0||Clay Wimer||Decision (unanimous)||Resurrection Fighting Alliance 43||September 9, 2016||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||4–0||Josh Huber||Decision (unanimous)||Sparta Combat League 50||July 16, 2016||3||5:00||Castle Rock, Colorado, United States||Won the SCL Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Dalton Goddard||Submission||Paramount MMA 2016||May 15, 2016||1||3:38||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Andrew Tenneson||Decision (unanimous)||Resurrection Fighting Alliance 34||January 15, 2016||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Featherweight debut.|
|Win||1–0||Bruce Sessman||Submission (rear-naked choke)||FTW: Prize Fighting Championship 9||May 30, 2015||1||1:16||Williston, North Dakota, United States||Bantamweight debut.|