After the victory on Saturday, Cory Sandhagen decided to call out Merab Dvaliashvili. Many were surprised by his words. “Merab, you’re hungry? Well, I’ve got something for you to eat and it don’t taste good,” Sandhagen said after his victory, as quoted by MMA Junkie.
Cory Sandhagen laughed at himself backstage and confirmed that the goal was to make the words sound as stupid as possible. “How stupid is that?. It was supposed to be as stupid as possible, so I hope that I accomplished that”.
Cory Sandhagen on Merab Dvaliashvili
Sandhagen only had words of praise for Merab and what he is currently doing. His goal is to reach the top by winning against the strongest and biggest. “I think Merab is the best guy in the division right now, outside who is fighting for the title,” Sandhagen said.
“I don’t want to shy away from challenges. I don’t want to be that guy. I want to inspire people. I don’t want to cherrypick my fights all the way to the top. I want to fight the best guys, so that when I do get the title, I can defend it because I’m experienced.
I think Merab is a perfect type of challenge for my type of style, for my type of fighting. He’s going to make me train really hard because of how good he is." Cory doesn't want to be a picky guy. His goal is to defeat Darviashvili and show that he is the best.
He is aware of the difficulty of this task. “Those are the types of guys I want to fight. If I can get past him, then I 100 percent deserve a title shot. Like I said, I don’t want to be cherry-picking. The guy is on a nine-fight winning streak.
Who am I to ask for a title before him? I’m not going to set that standard in MMA. People should be more real about it.
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