Cory Sandhagen has issued a statement following his unanimous decision loss to Petr Yan at today’s UFC 267 event in Abu Dhabi.
Sandhagen (14-4 MMA) and Yan (16-2 MMA) collided on Saturday with the promotions interim bantamweight title up for grabs.
Cory Sandhagen was getting his first shot at promotional gold, this despite suffering a split decision loss to TJ Dillashaw in his most previous Octagon appearance. Prior to his loss to ‘Killashaw’, ‘The Sandman’ was coming off back-to-back TKO victories over Frankie Edgar and Marlon Moraes.
Meanwhile, Petr Yan was returning to action for the first time since losing his bantamweight title to Aljamain Sterling in controversial fashion at UFC 259. Prior to his DQ loss to ‘Funkmaster’, the Russian standout had put together a ten-fight winning streak, which included stoppage victories over MMA legends Jose Aldo and Uriah Faber.
Today’s UFC 267 co-main event proved to be a thrilling twenty-five minute affair. Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen proceeded to go to absolute war, much to the delight of UFC President Dana White and all of the fans watching along. ‘No Mercy’ would drop ‘The Sandman’ with a spinning backfist midway through the contest which appeared to turn the tide in his favor. After five-rounds of thrilling back and forth action Petr Yan was awarded a unanimous decision victory from the judges in attendance (49-46 x3).
Shortly following the conclusion of today’s event, Cory Sandhagen took to his official Instagram page where he issued the following statement on his loss to Yan.
“Tough sport. Hell of a fight, Yan. Learn. Get better. The ship keeps sailing. I’m gonna be champ one day.” – Sandhagen captioned the photo.
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