Cory Sandhagen will finally be making his return to the Octagon.
According to MMA reporter Marcel Dorff, the UFC is working on making Sandhagen vs. Song Yadong to headline a Fight Night card on September 17. The fight is not a done deal, per the report but this is the fight the promotion wants to make. The location of the event is still to be determined.
On paper, this is a phenomenal fight between two high-level strikers where the winner would be right in the title picture. It’s also a crucial fight for Sandhagen who looks to get back into the win column, while for Yadong, if he beats Sandhagen he immediately becomes a legit title contender.
Cory Sandhagen (14-4) is on a two-fight losing streak and is coming off a decision loss to Petr Yan for the interim bantamweight title last October at UFC 267. Prior to that, he had lost a split decision to TJ Dillashaw.
Sandhagen is currently ranked fourth at bantamweight and started out his UFC career 5-0. During that run, he beat the likes of Raphael Assuncao, John Lineker, and Mario Bautista but then suffered a submission loss to Aljamain Sterling. After the loss to Sterling, he knocked out Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar before the two straight losses.
Song Yadong (19-5-1 and one No Contest), is currently ranked ninth at bantamweight and is on a three-fight win streak. In his most recent Octagon appearance he knocked out Marlon Moraes. Prior to that, he TKO’d Julio Arce and defeated Casey Kenney by decision.
The 24-year-old is 8-1-1 with his lone loss coming to Kyler Phillips by decision while also having a draw against Cody Stamann. He also holds a notable win over Marlon Vera back in 2020.
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