Cory Sandhagen on music Yadong’s reaction to blood from nasty cut: ‘He’s type of a freaky dude’ - MMA fighting

Cory Sandhagen undoubtedly noticed the large gash over music Yadong's eye after he landed a chopping elbow early in their fight at UFC Vegas 60, nevertheless it didn't lead him to change his method to target the open wound.

definitely, Sandhagen might have started enjoying into music's arms if he grew to be fixated on the cut, primarily after he noticed his opponent's reaction to the blood pouring down his face throughout the vast majority of the battle.

"I honestly didn't consider concerning the reduce," Sandhagen mentioned at his publish-battle press conference. "I might see the blood going into his mouth. He's sort of a freaky dude. He's smiling and having fun with it, getting the blood in his mouth. He's variety of a type of guys.

"i spotted that, but backyard of that, it turned into stick with the video game plan and ensure I don't get my ass knocked out by way of him."

Sandhagen did confess that a blow landed with the aid of music in the opening round had him severely rocked, but he was capable of improve and continue without allowing the shot to change his efficiency in a while.

As time ticked away into the third round and at last the fourth, Sandhagen's self belief surged as he found out tune's dispositions and patterns, which gave him the openings he obligatory to mount extra hurt.

unfortunately for track, he turned into now not allowed to continue into the fifth circular as a result of the cut turning out to be worse with every exchange.

"tune is a hell of a fighter," Sandhagen said. "I knew that he become going to be tremendous challenging. The man hits in fact hard and he defended the takedowns in fact neatly. I suppose i was beginning to figure him out as the fight changed into happening, so i used to be truly longing for a fifth round.

"I felt first rate, I felt sparkling. I felt like my eyes have been nonetheless working and my fifth circular was going to be first rate, but i wanted to understand that. That was kind of a bummer."

To be fair, Sandhagen admitted that he's continually his own worst critic, so he's no longer exactly shocked that he felt disappointment, notably after the style this specific fight ended.

nonetheless, the one-time intervening time title challenger is satisfied sufficient along with his victory that he's not dashing lower back right into a rematch with song.

"I didn't win decent enough," Sandhagen stated. "however that's usually how I think after every win. I TKO'd him so no [I'm not interested in a rematch], not in reality. I kind of are looking to battle up within the rankings now."

The bantamweight division has been highly busy currently as numerous top 10 ranked combatants have faced off, with hopes that a new No. 1 contender might emerge as reigning champion Aljamain Sterling prepares for his showdown with T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 280 in October.

while he infrequently calls out anybody by identify, Sandhagen simplest sees a couple of manageable options given the latest lay of the land at a hundred thirty five pounds.

"Chito [Vera] or Merab [Dvalishvili] are the obtrusive names," Sandhagen pointed out. "both of them pose very distinct challenges. Two fully opposite warring parties essentially. I don't basically care. give me one in every of them for Christmas."

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