Cory Sandhagen gets TKO win over Song Yadong as doctor stops fight

UFC bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen picked up a much-needed win over Song Yadong at UFC Fight Night at the Apex facility in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Sandhagen (15-4) won for the first time since February 2021, scoring a TKO when Yadong (19-7-1) was unable to continue due to a cut above his left eye. Referee Herb Dean waved the fight off between the fourth and fifth rounds on the advice of doctors.

Sandhagen, who suffered losses to TJ Dillashaw and Petr Yan, fell to his knees in celebration as Dean waved the fight off. This was his first appearance in 2022.

“Song is good, I knew he was good,” said Sandhagen. “I hate how it ended. He deserved a fifth round. I wanted to see the scorecards to see if I could win. But I beat him in the first round and I’m happy about it.”

According to UFC stats, Sandhagen and Yadong landed the same number of strikes, each with 130 total. 24-year-old Yadong landed some heavy counterattacks with the left hook and right hand that assisted Sandhagen.

However, Sandhagen was clearly intent on putting pressure on Yadong and that pressure increased as the fight went on. He hit Yadong with an elbow while standing in the first round and targeted that area throughout the rest of the fight.

Originally from China, Yadong now trains with Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California. He’s 3-2 in his last five fights.

https://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/34613384/cory-sandhagen-gets-tko-win-song-yadong-doctor-stops-fight Cory Sandhagen gets TKO win over Song Yadong as doctor stops fight

Emma Bowman

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