Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar meets rising star Cory Sandhagen in the night’s co-main event while Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Johnson meets another long-time UFC vet, Clay Guida, in the event’s featured bout.
Edgar (23-8-1-0) is making his second appearance at bantamweight (135-pounds) against the No. 2-ranked Cory Sandhagen (13-2-0-0). The former champion’s bantamweight debut was a five-round split decision over Pedro Munhoz, which captured Performance of the Night. A victory for the New Jersey native will place the former champion among the title contenders in his new weight division.
No. 2-ranked bantamweight, Cory Sandhagen is coming off an impressive victory over #1 Marlon Moraes. Sandhagen suffered a first-round submission to Long Island’s Aljamain Sterling, but he bounced back with the second-round TKO in October at UFC Fight Night. A win over Edgar should place Sandhagen in a situation where he fights the winner between Sterling and Yan for the title.
Edgar moves forward and throws leg kicks early. The shorter man, Frankie Edgar got caught moving forward as he took a flying knee to the jaw. Sandhagen’s right knee buckled Edgar’s head and put him out cold as he face-planted into the canvas. Sandhagen set himself up for a title shot.
Official Decision: Cory Sandhagen Def. Frankie Edgar via Knockout in Round One, at 0:28.
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).