The recent clash between Cory Sandhagen and Rob Font missed one element – explosiveness. Fans were eagerly looking forward to an action-packed main event, but the booing said it all and showed the added disappointment of all the fans in Bridgestone Arena.
After 5 rounds, Sandhagen dominated and was announced the winner by unanimous decision. Sandhagen was initially supposed to fight Umar Nurmagomedov, but he pulled out due to an injury; they could potentially fight next. Rob Font didn’t deliver his career best, but people should appreciate his efforts; he accepted the fight last minute and tried his best to put on a show.
Cory Sandhagen on the victory
During the recent post-fight press conference, Cory Sandhagen shared his thoughts on fans going against them by booing and reflected on his performance. “That was the game plan,” Sandhagen said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “I thought that honestly he would have made some pretty good adjustments and stuff a couple of them later in the fight.
Font doesn’t wrestle that good. He doesn’t have an immediate wrestler reaction. He doesn’t get up very well. The only way that he really gets up is on that underhook, and if I just shut that down, he’s not going to really get up.
Sandhagen further said: “I know that there’s lots of boos and it’s not the most exciting win for the people in the crowd. But I (swept the scorecards against) the No. 7 guy in the world. The time before that, I arguably (did the same against Marlon Vera), except for the one idiot of a judge (who made it a split decision).
I want to be able to outwrestle the strikers and I want to be able to outstrike the wrestlers. That’s my path. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to be the best in the world, and I think I showed tonight that if you’re going to think that it’s just going to be a striking match, we’re wrestling”.
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