Number 2 ranked UFC Bantamweight fighter Cory Sandhagen (14–2) is not only confident on walking out as the winner against TJ Dillashaw (16–4) this Saturday night at UFC Vegas 32, but also wants a shot at the UFC Bantamweight title.
Sandhagen is currently on a two fight win streak in the UFC, having defeated Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Island 5 in October last year, followed by a victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC Vegas 18 in February this year.
Now, “The Sandman” wants to extend his win streak to three victories this weekend at UFC Vegas 32 at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas when he takes on former two time Bantamweight champion Dillashaw, who is returning to the Octagon after a two year suspension from PED usage.
I’m going to come for that belt: Cory Sandhagen has his course of action set
Aljamain Sterling is the reigning UFC Bantamweight champion, having won the title against Petr Yan at UFC 259 in March and the two are slated to have their rematch later this year, speculated to be in October and Sandhagen wants himself to be first in the line to face the winner of Sterling vs Yan 2, on the heels of a win over Dillashaw.
“I think it’s definitely got to be, or at least on my end it is,” said Sandhagen at UFC Vegas 32 media day, “so that’s next step. I think the timing is pretty good too. (Sterling and Yan) can have their fight in October or whenever that’s scheduled and then hopefully they don’t want to milk this thing too bad. Because I’m going to come for that belt and I’m going to take it from whoever wins that fight and that’s how I see my next year going.”
Moreover, Sandhagen took a shot at Dillashaw and his ‘Cinderella story’ of returning to MMA on the heels of a two year suspension from USADA. Dillashaw has been open to media about his past, acknowledging his mistakes but Sandhagen makes it clear that he won’t be letting Dillashaw walk away with a win this Saturday.
“I think that’s how he would love to have it play out. I think that he’s putting a lot of eggs in the basket of, ‘Let me beat Cory Sandhagen so I can prove that it wasn’t because I was on steroids,’ or whatever. I think that that would be a Cinderella story for him, and that’s likely what he’s wanting but he has me in the way of wanting that,” the 29-year-old added.
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