Cory Sandhagen ready to fight Umar Nurmagomedov

Cory Sandhagen shares his thoughts on fighting Umar Nurmagomedov.

by Aryan Lakhani
Cory Sandhagen ready to fight Umar Nurmagomedov
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Cory Sandhagen has overturned his decision to avoid fighting Umar Nurmagomedov. Because it could get him one step closer to the title fight. Cory Sandhagen and Umar Nurmagomedov were scheduled to fight in August, but that match got canceled because Umar Nurmagomedov was forced to pull out because of an injury.

A few weeks back, Cory Sandhagen made it quite clear that he won’t fight Umar Nurmagomedov. He suddenly changed his decision because he could see the light at the end of the tunnel. A win against Umar Nurmagomedov could allow Sandhagen to be the next title challenger.

Cory Sandhagen on fighting Umar Nurmagomedov

Recently on MMA Sirius XM, Cory Sandhagen explained why he’s willing to fight Umar Nurmagomedov.

“It wasn’t necessarily a no as much as it was like, ‘Hey, give me some time to think about it,’ because it does feel like I would maybe be a little slighted in that situation – only because I felt like I was now one fight ahead of fighting him,” Sandhagen said as quoted by

“If you’re paired up to fight someone and one guy pulls out, and then you win your fight, you’re kind of ahead, in my opinion, right?

Cory Sandhagen explains why he’s ready to fight Umar Nurmagomedov

“But when I talked to the UFC initially and they brought that up, I was pretty much like, ‘Hey, just give me a little time to think and sit with that one,’ because if that’s what you guys are telling me is going to be for the title next, then absolutely.

But if that’s not going to be the situation, then the rankings matter a little bit – or at least they kind of do. Where I stand with Umar now is if he gets a good win on March 2, and he looks good, and he does awesome, and they don’t give me the title shot next, do me and Umar at International Fight Week,”

Cory Sandhagen