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Cory Sandhagen’s Dominant Performance Secures Victory Over Rob Font



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The anticipated showdown between Cory Sandhagen and Rob Font at UFC Nashville delivered a dominant wrestling display that left the crowd and UFC President Dana White yearning for more excitement. The Bridgestone Arena witnessed Sandhagen’s wrestling skills on full display as he controlled the match from start to finish, securing all seven of his takedowns and earning a unanimous decision victory with scores of 50-45 on all three judges’ scorecards.

The contest, fought at a catchweight of 140 pounds, was initially expected to showcase the striking skills of both fighters, known for their explosive kickboxing abilities. However, Sandhagen’s tactical wrestling approach threw a curveball into the equation. Despite the crowd’s vocal displeasure and a chorus of boos resonating throughout the arena, Sandhagen’s dominance on the ground was undeniable.

Font, stepping in as a late replacement for Umar Nurmagomedov, found himself unable to thwart Sandhagen’s relentless takedown attempts and control on the mat. Throughout the bout, Sandhagen’s calculated approach stifled Font’s offensive efforts, limiting him to a mere nine significant strikes landed over the course of the 25-minute encounter.

The victory solidifies Sandhagen’s position in the bantamweight division as he continues to evolve and diversify his skill set. With an impressive 19 minutes and 38 seconds of control time, Sandhagen showcased his mat prowess, indicating his readiness for a potential rematch against reigning champion Aljamain Sterling. Sandhagen’s commitment to growth was evident as he demonstrated his wrestling ability, a crucial asset for potential future title contention.

The numbers don’t lie: Sandhagen connected on 34 of 84 significant strikes, firmly establishing his dominance over a top 10 opponent. While the crowd’s disappointment in the style of the match was palpable, Sandhagen’s technical approach was a testament to his adaptability and versatility as a fighter.

Cory Sandhagen’s unanimous decision victory over Rob Font at UFC Nashville signifies a significant step forward in his bantamweight journey. With three consecutive victories under his belt, Sandhagen has propelled himself into a potential No. 1 contender position in the competitive 135-pound division and will most likely fight the winner of Sterling-O’Malley on August 19th .

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