Cory Sandhagen Delivers Huge Knee To Knock Out Frankie Edgar
Cory Sandhagen produced the highlight of the night at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, by knocking out Frankie Edgar with a huge knee, that even impressed Dana White.
Sandhagen went into his co-main event on Saturday as the number two ranked bantamweight in the world, looking to make a statement for his future title chances.
He was coming up against former UFC lightweight champion Edgar, a legend of the sport, the number four ranked fighter in the division.
The 28-year-old Sandhagen took just 28 seconds to make the statement, landing a near perfect knockout of the year candidate knee to his opponents head.
Even UFC president White was impressed with the shot, taking to Instagram to post the video with the caption 'holy sh*t.'
The bantamweight division opened up in May last year when Henry Cejudo announced his retirement after defeating Dominick Cruz at UFC 249.
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White was quick to find a new champion, with Petr Yan beating Jose Aldo for the vacant title at UFC 251 in July.
The previous month Sandhagen had lost to bantamweight rival Aljamain Sterling in a title eliminator, with Sterling picking up the win via submission in the first round.
Speaking after the fight, the Sandman acknowledged his previous loss, saying, "I'm a different monster than I was before I fought Aljamain Sterling. He taught me some lessons.
"I know Yan has been talking about fighting TJ Dillashaw after that fight, that's if he even wins that fight. That's garbage to me.
"Fight me. I'm the toughest guy next to Aljamain. And if Aljamain wins, I owe him a nap and he's going to get that nap. The winner of those two gets knocked out by me in July."
However the Russian was quick to try and silence his potential future opponent, taking to Twitter to remind the American what happened when he fought Sterling, who Yan will face at UFC 259 in March.
Edgar is legend, time to move on. Good win for Cory. But hard to forget what my next opponent did to him. We'll see what happens next- Petr "No Mercy" Yan (@PetrYanUFC) February 7, 2021
It was a good night all round for Sandhagen though, as he picked up $50,000 for his Performance of the Night bonus, not bad for under a minute's work.
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