Final Saturday evening’s fight card within the UFC Apex will also very well be viewed, in a fair correct gentle as a minimum, as being a account of two cuts.
In the co-main tournament, Gregory Rodrigues overcame a inappropriate cleave to attain a TKO capture in opposition to Chidi Njokuani. A same teach would unfold in what used to be having a scrutinize adore a barnbusting main tournament between Cory Sandhagen and Tune Yadong, however this time the Chinese fighter wasn’t well-liked by the cageside medics to overcome his private minimize — the implications of a scything elbow from the astonishing Sandhagen.
Yadong, though, remains one in all the more thrilling fighters on the bantamweight roster and run enhanced his private reputation, particularly after touchdown a blow within the first which Sandhagen later admitted had him in severe hazard. Nevertheless that minimize, also sustained within the first, proved the Chinese fighter’s undoing.
“I truthfully didn’t judge the minimize,” Sandhagen launched at the post-fight presser, through MMA Combating.
“I will also thought the blood going into his mouth. He’s form of a freaky dude. He’s smiling and taking part in it, getting the blood in his mouth. He’s form of a form of guys. I spotted that, however originate air of that, it used to be follow the sport thought and be run I don’t acquire my ass knocked out by him.”
When the fight used to be waved off sooner than the open of the fifth, Sandhagen looked as disenchanted as somebody within the enviornment — however he acknowledged afterwards that the tussle has finest increased his admire for Yadong.
“Tune is a hell of a fighter,” Sandhagen stated. “I knew that he used to be going to be considerable sophisticated. The man hits in actual fact laborious and he defended the takedowns in actual fact well. I mediate I used to be starting to figure him out because the fight used to be going on, so I used to be in actual fact having a scrutinize ahead to a fifth round. I felt precise, I felt unusual. I felt adore my eyes were serene working and my fifth round used to be going to be precise, however I wanted to clutch that. That used to be form of a bummer.”
Nevertheless with one more capture now on his account, Sandhagen says he’s shopping for what — or who — is next, and he wants to originate this all around the set up another time before the tip of the 365 days.
“Chito [Vera] or Merab [Dvalishvili] are the evident names,” he acknowledged. “Both of them pose very diverse challenges. Two totally opposite fighters practically. I don’t in actual fact care. Give me one in all them for Christmas.”