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#2 Bantamweight Division



Cory Sandhagen

Bantamweight Division

17-4-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Cory Sandhagen

athlete record


Learn more about Cory Sandhagen's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Aurora, United States
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Jan. 28, 2018
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2015

  • Seven wins by KO, three by submission (RNC, armbar, undisclosed choke)

  • Six first round finishes

  • Has won 12 of his last 15 and three in a row

  • Had 3-1 amateur record

UFC on ESPN (8/5/23) Sandhagen won a five round unanimous decision over Rob Font 

UFC on ESPN (3/25/23) Sandhagen won a five round split decision over Marlon Vera 

UFC Fight Night (9/17/22) Sandhagen defeated Song Yadong via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of the fourth round 

UFC 267 (10/30/21) Sandhagen lost a five round unanimous decision to Petr Yan in a fight for the interim UFC bantamweight title

UFC Fight Night (7/24/21) Sandhagen lost a five-round split decision to TJ Dillashaw

UFC Fight Night (2/6/21) Sandhagen knocked out Frankie Edgar at :28 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (10/10/20) Sandhagen stopped Marlon Moraes via strikes at 1:03 of the second round

UFC 250 (6/6/20) Sandhagen was submitted by Aljamain Sterling via rear naked choke at 1:28 of the first round

UFC 241 (8/17/19) Sandhagen won a three round unanimous decision over Raphael Assuncao

UFC Fight Night (4/27/19) Sandhagen won a three round split decision over John Lineker

UFC Fight Night (1/19/19) Sandhagen submitted Mario Bautista via armbar at 3:31 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (8/25/18) Sandhagen stopped Iuri Alcantara via strikes at 1:01 of the second round

UFC on FOX (1/27/18) Sandhagen stopped Austin Arnett via strikes at 3:48 of the second round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I don’t have an exciting story. I saw it on TV and signed up.

What ranks and titles have you held? Amateur North American and World kickboxing title. Brown belt in BJJ. Undefeated kickboxer

Do you have any heroes? Martin Luther King and Bob Marley

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s another step that validates I’m on the right path of being the best fighter in the world.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? CU Boulder. Psychology BA

What was your job before you started fighting? I work for a nonprofit that helps abused and neglected kids. I still currently work there and love it. Mount Saint Vincent’s in Denver

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? WKA World kickboxing champ

Favorite grappling technique: Leg locks

Favorite Striking technique: My defense