Cory Sandhagen has released multiple statements following his split decision loss to TJ Dillashaw in the main event of UFC Vegas 32.
Sandhagen welcomed back Dillashaw to the Octagon in a crucial fight for the bantamweight division. The winner would likely get the next title shot and the scrap lived up to expectations. It was a back-and-forth fight, but in the end, it was Dillashaw who got his hand raised.
Now, following the loss, Sandhagen took to Instagram to provide his thoughts on his loss.
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“My thoughts on the fight, as I’m sure some of you are curious: I believe I should have done more to win. I made a few mistakes that gave him a nod from the judges. I kept myself protected and defended almost all the shots while scoring the harder and cleaner ones. He was able to control against cage for longer, while not doing any damage.. up to you if you score that as winning. I will give credit to TJ for fighting tough. It was a coin toss. If it’s damage, I win. If it’s control, he wins. So it goes.. thanks for the support from everyone.. gonna keep climbing,” Sandhagen wrote.
Cory Sandhagen also provided another statement earlier in the day where he made it clear he still will be UFC champion soon.
“Nice job, TJ. A couple mistakes won it for em.. I’m still champ next year. Heart strong always. Journey continues,” Sandhagen wrote.
The loss is no doubt disappointing for Sandhagen who was riding a two-fight winning streak with two highlight-reel finishes. Although it is a setback, he still remians in the top-three of the bantamweight division and still could very well be a win away from a title shot.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime