|Cory Sandhagen Quick Info
|5 ft 11 in
|Date of Birth
|April 20, 1992
Cory Sandhagen is an American professional mixed martial artist who began competing in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), in 2018. As of July 2021, he was ranked number 3 in the UFC bantamweight rankings. Before joining UFC in 2018, he had amassed a 7–1 win-loss record participating in promotions such as FTW: Prize Fighting Championship, Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA), Paramount MMA, Sparta Combat League (SCL), and Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA). During this phase, he had also won the Sparta Combat League Featherweight Championship. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Cory James Sandhagen
Aurora, Colorado, United States
Denver, Colorado, United States
Cory had attended the Smoky Hill High School in his hometown of Aurora. After his high school graduation, he had joined the University of Colorado Boulder, a public research university in Boulder, Colorado. He had graduated from there with a degree in psychology.
Professional Mixed Martial Artist
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
61 kg or 134.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Cory has dated –
- Erica Ueda (2018-Present)
Race / Ethnicity
He is of American descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Sports a trimmed beard
- Affable smile
- Has his entire back covered in tattoos
Cory Sandhagen Facts
- He was a member of his high school’s basketball team and had developed an interest in combat sports much later. Cory had first taken up kickboxing and had excelled in the sport, winning multiple WKA (World Kickboxing Association) titles. He had later transitioned to mixed martial arts.
- In parallel with his mixed martial arts career, he has worked part-time at a trauma center for children. He has also taught mixed martial arts to youngsters in his hometown of Aurora.
- In January 2019, he was scheduled to face Thomas Almeida but the latter was replaced by John Lineker about a couple of weeks before the fight. John was then forced to withdraw a week before the fight as he had sustained a rib injury. Cory eventually fought promotional newcomer Mario Bautista and had defeated him via first-round submission. His fight with John was rescheduled to April 2019 and he had won that fight via split decision.
- In January 2020, he was scheduled to face Frankie Edgar in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 166. Frankie was replaced by Aljamain Sterling a month before the scheduled event, the bout was rescheduled to June 2020 at UFC 250, and UFC president Dana White had announced that it would be a bantamweight title eliminator. Cory had lost via submission in the first round.
- After winning successive ‘Performance of the Night’ UFC Bonus Awards in October 2020 and February 2021, he had faced T.J. Dillashaw in July 2021 to headline UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw. Even though Cory had lost the bout via split decision, 17 out of 23 major MMA media outlets had scored the bout as a win for him.
- As of September 2021, he had won 3 UFC Bonus Awards – ‘Fight of the Night’ (once), and ‘Performance of the Night’ (twice).
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