Cory Sandhagen has come under fire for his performance this past weekend in a win at UFC Nashville. But the top contender has revealed a serious injury that changed his approach to the fight with Rob Font.
Cory Sandhagen Sidelined With Torn Tricep, Surgery Next
Coming off a main event victory at UFC Nashville, Cory Sandhagen has revealed a serious injury suffered in the fight with Rob Font.
Sandhagen dominated Font for five rounds live on ESPN this past weekend, but the top contender suffered a torn tricep in the first round. While many have been critical of his performance, he is hoping that by revealing this, some of that will be understood.
“Fully torn tricep in Round 1,” Sandhagen posted on social media. “Wasn’t able to punch or elbow with that arm without pain and it feeling like shit.
“Did what I had to do to win that night. Surgery this week – back soon.”
This really shows the toughness and grit of a fighter to be able to battle through a serious injury and pull out the victory.
Sandhagen improved to 17-4 with the win and is now 10-3 in his UFC career.
Cory Sandhagen, UFC Nashville Card A Big-Time Draw
Regardless of what others say, the event was a draw for the promotion with Sandhagen in the main event.
Almost 18,000 packed the Bridgestone Arena with a total gate of well over $2 million. It marked the sixth time the UFC has visited the city, but the first since 2019 when Stephen Thompson and Anthony Pettis met in the main event.
The 31-year-old Sandhagen has scored three consecutive victories since a 2021 decision loss to Petr Yan for the interim UFC bantamweight title. He finished Song Yadong and earned a split decision over Marion Vera last year.
Sandhagen has also earned wins over the likes of Frankie Edgar, Marlon Moraes, John Lineker, Raphael Assuncao and Iuri Alcantara. He has shared the cage with current champion Aljamain Sterling and former titleholder T.J. Dillashaw.