Cory Sandhagen outwrestles Rob Font in one-sided win at UFC Fight Night
Sandhagen (17-4) picked up his third consecutive win, thoroughly dismantling Font (20-7) on the ground at UFC Fight Night inside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Sandhagen scored a takedown in each of the five rounds and spent more than 19 minutes in control, according to UFC Stats. All three judges scored the 140-pound catchweight bout 50-45 in favor of Sandhagen.
Fans in attendance booed Sandhagen throughout the dominant performance, as very little drama unfolded thanks to his grappling control. The No. 4-ranked bantamweight apologized afterward and revealed he was dealing with injuries.
“Usually I’m a more exciting fighter,” Sandhagen said. “I’ve been dealing with a lot of elbow problems. I think I tore my triceps in the first round. It was technical as hell. I’m a wrestler now, so sorry.”
Font’s corner tried to get him to rally, especially after the third round, but he simply didn’t have the wrestling ability to match Sandhagen. He also took the fight on short notice, which is why it was fought at a 140-pound catchweight.
In all, Sandhagen absorbed only 33 strikes from Font, while landing 112 of his own. He converted all seven takedown attempts.