By Kristen King Oct 12, 2020, 8:00pm EDT Share this story Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? He lost for the first time in his UFC run at UFC 250 in June, a submission defeat to top contender Aljamain Sterling. But some of it got through, and Moraes' right eye began to swell. Sandhagen (13-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) unleashed a wheel kick finish that led to a second-round TKO of Moraes (23-7-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC), helping him bounce back from an 88-second defeat to Aljamain Sterling earlier this year. But he wants a crack at the belt next, following champion Petr Yan's next defense. Just moments later, Sandhagen ripped off the spinning kick and put Moraes on his rear.
24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. Sandhagen was in the center of the ring and used his quickness to spin and land the wheel kick. I never felt like if I called someone out, it had a lot of juice. Hard work pays off.”. Moraes is one of the UFC’s most aggressive fighters and comes forward at all times, especially early in fights. He opened up about the loss and more ahead of this weekend's card. The victory was a huge one in the bantamweight division. Hall of Famer Gary Payton wants to coach, join an NBA staff, Deebo Samuel's yards after catch set tone for 49ers in win vs. Rams, Aaron Rodgers on confrontations with Ndamukong Suh: ‘That goes back a long time’, Mad Bets: Patriots loss was a big win for Vegas in Week 6, JOL Mailbag 10/19 Sponsored by Auto-Owners Insurance, Classic Spy Photos Of The Week: Aborted Acura NSX With V10 Engine, Former Black Iowa players demand $20 million, Kirk Ferentz’s job after alleged racial issues, Virginia: New Guideline For Cars Used Less Than 50 M/D, NLCS Game 7: Cody Bellinger's massive homer sends Dodgers to World Series, Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa finally makes NFL debut, his first game since hip injury at Alabama, Aaron Rodgers celebrates his TD with an iconic move, City In Virginia Is Next In Line For The NFL, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has awesome message for Carson Wentz after Eagles game, Joaquin Buckley lit up the internet with arguably the greatest finish in UFC history, a stunning first-round submission loss to Aljamain Sterling, Kasanagay did a dead man’s fall backward and the fight was immediately waved off, the most engaged tweet from the UFC account ever on Twitter. Moraes was the No. Sandhagen dropped Moraes with the kick, then pounced with strikes on the ground until referee Marc Goddard pulled him off. "All the respect to both of those guys [Dillashaw and Edgar], but I want that belt," Sandhagen said. Nothing, though, was better than Buckley’s devastating finish of Impa Kasanagay. "Hopefully, I'm not just this little name after this," Sandhagen said. Sandhagen said the kick was something he practiced repeatedly in the summer as, like so many, he was confined to home by the coronavirus pandemic. Sandhagen threw a left head kick in the second round that Moraes blocked. Cory Sandhagen, right, rebounded to beat Marlon Moraes after suffering a difficult loss to Aljamain Sterling in June. On the night that Joaquin Buckley lit up the internet with arguably the greatest finish in UFC history, Cory Sandhagen turned in a spectacular finish of his own in the biggest fight of his life. Moraes, a 32-year-old Brazilian, was coming off a split decision win over former featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 245 in December. Get the latest odds, analysis, and insights at Yahoo Sportsbook. Bantamweight standout Cory Sandhagen returns to action in the UFC Fight Island 5 main event, looking to bounce back from a loss to Aljo (Aljamain Sterling) against Marlon Moraes. Kasanagay did a dead man’s fall backward and the fight was immediately waved off. #UFCFightIsland5 pic.twitter.com/SUy0aZMvEl. "Hopefully, I have some pull in this sport. “That’s putting in that work during the quarantine,” Sandhagen said. UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports that Kasanagay had checked out fine when he was examined after the bout. He was the fighting in the main event of a card that was one of the best of the year, with a string of violent finishes and back-and-forth fights. Sandhagen gave them something to appreciate in the main event.
It was a critical win in the competitive bantamweight division, knocking off the No. @Cors_Life lo sabe! I think I got some juice tonight.". During the fight, Sandhagen told Moraes that he had a broken orbital bone "to get in his head a little," Sandhagen said. But on this night, he was primed and ready and proved he’ll be a handful for anyone in the division. "That guy is really good.". He finished the fight quickly and regained the mojo that he’d lost after the puzzling submission defeat at the hands of Sterling. He hired a sports psychologist after that fight and it was obvious the message got through. Get all the sports news you need, direct to your inbox. By: Nolan King and John Morgan. The finish came early in the second. In the main event, Cory Sandhagen bounced back from a submission loss to Aljamain Sterling in a big way when he finished former title challenger Marlon Moraes in the second round of … Moraes was hit with a spinning wheel kick leading to the finish. Coming in, Sandhagen had the highest striking rate in UFC bantamweight history (6.48 strikes per minute). And the hashtag #UFCFightIsland5 was the third worldwide trend on Twitter. Sandhagen recovered from a stunning first-round submission loss to Aljamain Sterling in June by using a spinning wheel kick to the head early in the second round Saturday in Abu Dhabi to drop Moraes and send him tumbling backward to the cage. 1-rated Moraes. 1 contender in the UFC bantamweight division heading into this fight but he suffered a brutal loss when Sandhagen wiped him out with a spinning wheel kick and punches. Moraes, the former World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion, already owns wins over UFC bantamweight contenders such as Sterling and Jimmie Rivera. Moraes (23-7-1) had won five of his previous six fights coming in, with the only loss in that time coming to Henry Cejudo in a fight for the then-vacant bantamweight title. One of the techniques he drilled ended up paying dividends at the most opportune of times. Buckley pivoted and fired a spinning back foot, with his foot landing squarely on Kasanagay’s nose. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images). "That's putting in hard work in that quarantine -- when you can't go to the gym and all you have is that BOB," Sandhagen said in his postfight interview. In the first two hours, the video had been viewed eight million times and it was the most engaged tweet from the UFC account ever on Twitter. It wasn’t that Sandhagen lost that was puzzling; it was that he didn’t look engaged. Cory Sandhagen, like many other UFC fighters, wasn't able to go to his gym early this year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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