|Born||April 20, 1992|
|Other names||The Sandman|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Aurora, Colorado, United States|
|Team||Elevation Fight Team|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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.
Mixed martial arts career
Sandhagen made his Legacy Fighting Alliance debut on February 24, 2017 at LFA 5 against Jamall Emmers, losing the bout via unanimous decision. His next fight was on October 17, 2017 against Luiz Antonio Lobo Gavinho at LFA 24, which he won via first round TKO. Sandhagen's final appearance for Legacy Fighting Alliance came on January 19, 2018 at LFA 31, defeating Jose Aguayo via first round TKO.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
His next bout was at UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick on August 25, 2018 Iuri Alcantara. After a back-and-forth affair, he won the fight via second round TKO. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.
Sandhagen was scheduled to face Thomas Almeida at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw. However, it was later announced that Sandhagen would face John Lineker at the event instead. On January 10, Lineker was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a rib injury. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Mario Bautista. He won the bout via first round submission. 
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.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||12 wins||1 loss|
|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.|
- Cory Sandhagen (@cors.life) (December 12, 2017). ""Brown belt last night (...)"". Instagram. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
- "Rankings | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
- Chuck Mindenhall (April 27, 2019). "Bantamweight upstart Cory Sandhagen has a plan: Get in, seize the prizes, get out". mmafighting.com.
- "LFA 5 results: Adam Townsend escapes early trouble, beats Marcus Edwards by TKO". MMAjunkie. 2017-02-25.
- "LFA 24 Results: Frincu vs. Millender". www.mmafighting.com.
- "LFA 31: Moffett vs. Le". Tapology.com. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- "UFC NEWCOMERS COMPLETE CHARLOTTE CARD". UFC.com. 2018-01-22. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- "UFC on FOX 27 results: Cory Sandhagen body shots take out Austin Arnett in second". MMAFighting.com. 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- "UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick fight card". Bloody Elbow. 2018-08-05. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- "UFC Lincoln prelims results and highlights: Sandhagen scores crazy comeback TKO vs. Alcantara". Bloody Elbow. 2018-08-25. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- "UFC Lincoln bonuses: Justin Gaethje earns fifth bonus in four fights". MMAFighting. 2018-08-26. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- "Thomas Almeida returns vs. Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn". MMAJunkie. 2018-12-10. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- Ariel Helwani (2018-12-22). "Sources: Lineker-Sandhagen in works for Jan. 19". espn.com. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- Jay Pettry (2019-01-10). "John Lineker out of bout with Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- Staff (2019-01-12). "Report: Mario Bautista in for John Lineker, meets Cory Sandhagen at UFC Brooklyn". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- "UFC on ESPN+ 1 prelims results: Prospects Menifield, Sandhagen shine; Calderwood victorious". mmajunkie.com. 2019-01-19. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- Steven Marrocco (2019-02-13). "John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen rescheduled for UFC on ESPN 3 in Miami". mmadjunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
- "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.
- Lee, Alexander K. (2019-05-22). "Raphael Assuncao vs. Cory Sandhagen set for UFC 241". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
- 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.
- Steven Marrocco (January 26, 2019). "Cory Sandhagen's UFC dream: Fighting mastery, and a stone-cold octagon stunner". mmajunkie.com.
- Sherdog.com. "Cory Sandhagen MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-08-18.