Cory Sandhagen and Rob Font will square off in an exciting catchweight matchup at UFC on ESPN 50 in Nashville this Saturday night. Sandhagen holds fourth rank while Font is currently seventh – meaning this could have significant ramifications on the future of bantamweight competition.
Cory Sandhagen was initially scheduled to face former interim bantamweight champion Umar Nurmagomedov in this fight; however, due to injury he was forced out. Font quickly filled in on short notice, and this marked their first encounter inside an octagon.
Sandhagen has already established himself as an impressive UFC fighter after just 13 appearances, winning seven fights including a submission over Aljamain Sterling in June 2020 and two knockout wins — first crushed Marlon Moraes with a spinning wheel kick, then stunned Frankie Edgar with a flying knee 28 seconds into their February bout. Though his journey has not always been straightforward, Sandhagen now stands as one of the premier bantamweight contenders and one to watch for years to come.
Even after just one win in his last three fights, Sandhagen remains an elite bantamweight. His striking game boasts 5.98 significant strikes per minute average and 44% strike accuracy; additionally he possesses an effective grappling game, seamlessly shifting stances to keep opponents guessing.
The vacancy left by Nurmagomedov is filled by Rob Font, who is fresh off one of his finest performances in his career. He responded to Jose Aldo’s (2021) and Marlon Vera’s (2022) 2 unanimous decisions, which ended their respective four-fight winning streaks. At UFC 287, he came across Adrian Yanez (2023), who had a nine-fight winning run with 7 knockouts and blasted him in the first round.
This will be an intriguing fight between two talented bantamweights. Both fighters have much at stake and their styles complement one another perfectly; an intense and entertaining battle is expected.
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Cory Sandhagen vs Rob Font Fight Information
- Date: 08/05/2023
- Time: 11:15 PM ET
- Location: Bridgestone Arena.
- How to Watch Cory Sandhagen vs Rob Font : ESPN+
- Live Stream: BT Sport.com