Cory Sandhagen believes that Aljamain Sterling cannot return to competition within six months of neck surgery, wants to establish concrete rules


UFC’s toughest category Cory Sandhagen believes the UFC needs to have a concrete framework for evicting championship titles that don’t defend them regularly. Sandman’s proposal referred to the recent neck operation of division champion Aljaamin Sterling, which will probably keep him out of competition for most of the year.

In a recent interview with Fanatics View, Cory Sandhagen spoke about Aljamain Sterling ‘s health and its impact on the cover image in the lightest category. Sandhagen said that although he has no medical experience, he has a hard time believing that the champion will be able to return shortly after six months after surgery. The 29-year-old fighter suggested that the UFC must have a framework in place for inactive champions to be stripped of the title and division to move on. He said:

“I don’t really know anything about neck surgery. But it’s hard for me to believe that you can operate on your neck six times later and fight it. It looks pretty intense. So I don’t know if he’s trying to stick to it … I don’t know any medicine or if it’s it’s something you can come back from in six months or so. I don’t know … “

“Honestly, I’d like the UFC to come up with a more concrete way of deciding on these things. I think that would make things easier where it is, ‘okay, if you’re not going to fight again and … you’re not going to defend it to a certain extent, then I think It’s completely fair to leave him. You have a lot of guys in the sport. “

Cory Sandhagen’s fight against TJ Dillashaw was postponed to a later date

Currently placed 2nd in the heaviest category, Cory Sandhagen was scheduled to fight the return of champion TJ Dillashaw in the May 26 UFC Vegas Main Event. The winner of the fight was the most likely candidate for the next title match. However, an eye injury forced Dillashawa out of the fight. The match will be intact and postponed to a later date.

Cory Sandhagen, who lost to reigning champion Alyamain Sterling at UFC 250 in June 2020 by filing a claim, has once again turned into a dynamic finish from defeat. His last fight was a flying knockout victory over future Frankie Edgar Hall of Fame at UFC Vegas 18 in February 2021. Currently driving a series of two fights, Cory Sandhagen defeated former title challenger Marlon Moraes by a wheel kick in October 2020 to fight Edgar.

Posted May 3, 2021, 6:27 AM IST


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