Sandhagen Knocks Out Moraes At UFC Fight Island 5

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Cory Sandhagen made light work last Saturday night as he defeated Marlon Moraes at the UFC Fight Island 5 that held at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The American, who headlined his first main fight of the night, finished Moraes in the second round with a kick that knocked him out cold, ending the fight in his favour.

The round one began with Sandhagen starting with a kick, which he immediately followed with another. Moraes finds a way to land a punch before being hit again by Sandhagen. Sandhagen finds a way to land another kick then adds an uppercut later. He continues his assault, brutalizing the other man with his blows and kicks. Moraes tries to land a few hooks and even manages to score a touchdown. But there is that Sandhagen had fought the better fight in the first round.

The second round was shorter than everyone expected. Both men began trading kicks but Sandhagen was able to score more. Then, without warning, Sandhagen burst a wheel kick that sent Moraes to the floor. Sandhagen, determined to finish things, then delivered some more punches but the damage had already been done the wheel kick. The round came to an end at 1:03.

The victory must have been refreshing for Sandhagen who was recovering from the suffered in the hands of Aljamain Sterling at UFC 250 back in June. He has now earned his 13th MMA win out of 15 fights.

Speaking about the knockout kick after the fight, he said, “That’s putting in that hard work during that quarantine. I added that into my game during a weird time. Always working. Hard work pays off.” On the question of who he would face next, he said; “The only other guys that have an argument is TJ [Dillashaw] when he gets back in January and Frankie [Edgar]. All the respect to both of those guys but I want that belt. I want the belt, those are the only two guys ahead of me and then I want the winner of [Petr] Yan and [Aljamain] Sterling.”

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