Cory Sandhagen

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Cory Sandhagen
Born (1992-04-20) April 20, 1992 (age 27)
Other namesThe Sandman
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofAurora, Colorado, United States
TeamElevation Fight Team
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2015–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission3
By decision5
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Cory Sandhagen (born April 20, 1992) is a professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2015, he has also competed for Legacy Fighting Alliance. As of August 19, 2019, he is #3 in the UFC bantamweight rankings.[2]


In his youth, Sandhagen played basketball. Eventually he grew interest in combat sports, first picking up kickboxing in which he won multiple WKA titles. After winning a WKA world title, Sandhagen began transitioning to mixed martial arts.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Sandhagen made his Legacy Fighting Alliance debut on February 24, 2017 at LFA 5 against Jamall Emmers, losing the bout via unanimous decision.[4] His next fight was on October 17, 2017 against Luiz Antonio Lobo Gavinho at LFA 24, which he won via first round TKO.[5] Sandhagen's final appearance for Legacy Fighting Alliance came on January 19, 2018 at LFA 31, defeating Jose Aguayo via first round TKO.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Sandhagen made his promotional debut at UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 on January 27, 2018 against Austin Arnett.[7] He won the fight via second round TKO.[8]

His next bout was at UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick on August 25, 2018 Iuri Alcantara.[9] After a back-and-forth affair, he won the fight via second round TKO.[10] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[11]

Sandhagen was scheduled to face Thomas Almeida at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw.[12] However, it was later announced that Sandhagen would face John Lineker at the event instead.[13] On January 10, Lineker was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a rib injury.[14] He was replaced by promotional newcomer Mario Bautista.[15] He won the bout via first round submission. [16]

The bout with Lineker was rescheduled and eventually took place on April 27, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson.[17] Sandhagen won the fight via split decision.[18]

Sandhagen faced Raphael Assunção on August 17, 2019 at UFC 241.[19] He won the bout by unanimous decision.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Apart from mixed martial arts career, Sandhagen works part-time at a trauma center for children. He also teaches mixed martial arts at High Altitude Martial Arts in Aurora, Colorado.[21]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 12 wins 1 loss
By knockout 4 0
By submission 3 0
By decision 5 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–1 Raphael Assunção Decision (unanimous) UFC 241 August 17, 2019 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 11–1 John Lineker Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson April 27, 2019 3 5:00 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 10–1 Mario Bautista Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw January 19, 2019 1 3:31 Brooklyn, New York, United States
Win 9–1 Iuri Alcântara TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick August 25, 2018 2 1:01 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States Return to Bantamweight. Fight of the Night.
Win 8–1 Austin Arnett TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 January 27, 2018 2 3:48 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 7–1 Jose Aguayo TKO (knee and punches) LFA 31 January 19, 2018 1 1:07 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 6–1 Luiz Antonio Lobo Gavinho TKO (punches) LFA 24 October 13, 2017 1 3:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 5–1 Jamall Emmers Decision (unanimous) LFA 5 February 24, 2017 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 5–0 Clay Wimer Decision (unanimous) Resurrection Fighting Alliance 43 September 9, 2016 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 4–0 Josh Huber Decision (unanimous) Sparta Combat League 50 July 16, 2016 3 5:00 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States Won the SCL Featherweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Dalton Goddard Submission Paramount MMA 2016 May 15, 2016 1 3:38 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 2–0 Andrew Tenneson Decision (unanimous) Resurrection Fighting Alliance 34 January 15, 2016 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 1–0 Bruce Sessman Submission (rear-naked choke) FTW: Prize Fighting Championship 9 May 30, 2015 1 1:16 Williston, North Dakota, United States Bantamweight debut.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cory Sandhagen ( (December 12, 2017). ""Brown belt last night (...)"". Instagram. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "Rankings | UFC". Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  3. ^ Chuck Mindenhall (April 27, 2019). "Bantamweight upstart Cory Sandhagen has a plan: Get in, seize the prizes, get out".
  4. ^ "LFA 5 results: Adam Townsend escapes early trouble, beats Marcus Edwards by TKO". MMAjunkie. 2017-02-25.
  5. ^ "LFA 24 Results: Frincu vs. Millender".
  6. ^ "LFA 31: Moffett vs. Le". Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  7. ^ "UFC NEWCOMERS COMPLETE CHARLOTTE CARD". 2018-01-22. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  8. ^ "UFC on FOX 27 results: Cory Sandhagen body shots take out Austin Arnett in second". 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  9. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick fight card". Bloody Elbow. 2018-08-05. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  10. ^ "UFC Lincoln prelims results and highlights: Sandhagen scores crazy comeback TKO vs. Alcantara". Bloody Elbow. 2018-08-25. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  11. ^ "UFC Lincoln bonuses: Justin Gaethje earns fifth bonus in four fights". MMAFighting. 2018-08-26. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  12. ^ "Thomas Almeida returns vs. Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn". MMAJunkie. 2018-12-10. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  13. ^ Ariel Helwani (2018-12-22). "Sources: Lineker-Sandhagen in works for Jan. 19". Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  14. ^ Jay Pettry (2019-01-10). "John Lineker out of bout with Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN". Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  15. ^ Staff (2019-01-12). "Report: Mario Bautista in for John Lineker, meets Cory Sandhagen at UFC Brooklyn". Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  16. ^ "UFC on ESPN+ 1 prelims results: Prospects Menifield, Sandhagen shine; Calderwood victorious". 2019-01-19. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  17. ^ Steven Marrocco (2019-02-13). "John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen rescheduled for UFC on ESPN 3 in Miami". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  18. ^ "UFC on ESPN+ 8 results: Cory Sandhagen survives late scare, beats John Lineker by split decision". MMA Junkie. 2019-04-28. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  19. ^ Lee, Alexander K. (2019-05-22). "Raphael Assuncao vs. Cory Sandhagen set for UFC 241". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  20. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-08-17). "UFC 241 Results: Cory Sandhagen Picks Up Biggest Win to Date Over Raphael Assuncao". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  21. ^ Steven Marrocco (January 26, 2019). "Cory Sandhagen's UFC dream: Fighting mastery, and a stone-cold octagon stunner".
  22. ^ "Cory Sandhagen MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-08-18.

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