UFC Fight Night results, highlights: Cory Sandhagen makes statement with spinning TKO of Marlon Moraes

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Things could not have gone much worse for Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250 in June,  where he was submitted in less than 90 seconds by Aljamain Sterling in a fight that was expected to set the winner up for a bantamweight title shot. He made up for that loss in a big way Saturday in his UFC Fight Night main event against Marlon Moraes, scoring a highlight-reel head-kick knockout in the second round.

Sandhagen looked sharp from the jump, using his reach advantage to keep Moraes at bay while drilling in leg kicks that left the leg of Moraes battered and bruised. Moraes continued to try and figure out the puzzle of Sandhagen's long limbs by jumping in with wild overhand rights and starting to work his own leg kick game.

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But a Sandhagen head kick turned the tide shortly before the finish. After the kick landed, Sandhagen shouted to his corner during the action that Moraes' orbital bone was broken.

"Marlon is a really dangerous guy, so it was keep myself safe with the distance, other than that it was just be better than him. I wasn't sure how he would come out, I didn't know if it would be on the more intense side or less intense side, he was a little bit less intense," Sandhagen said. "I think I hurt him with a couple of body shots, I kicked him in the head pretty good and I saw swelling right off the bat, which usually means an orbital break, so I was going to attack that side. I knew that he would be wary about the body shots, I know he heard my corner say something about that too, is I went to the head afterwards."

After a sharp first round, it took little time for Sandhagen to show a bit of flash, throwing a spinning heel kick and sending Moraes crashing to the canvas for the stoppage at the 1:03 mark of Round 2.

After the win, Sandhagen said he believed that he just needed one more win to earn a title shot at the winner of a potential fight between Sterling and bantamweight champ Petr Yan.

"I want a number one contender fight. I think Sterling should get the shot against Yan, he performed perfectly against me, and then I want, TJ is coming back in January, Frankie is still available, so one of those guys and then the belt afterwards," Sandhagen said. "It's hard to describe, I can be a really intense guy, I can be pretty tough, so it's just being that, it's hard to explain. Now they can see that I can knock them out, that's what I've been working on. I don't want to just go out and out point people, I want to knock people out, so that's what we did."

With the victory, Sandhagen improved to 6-1 in the UFC, including four wins by stoppage.

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UFC Fight Night card and results

  • Cory Sandhagen def. Marlon Moraes via second-round TKO (kick, punches)
  • Edson Barboza def. Makwan Amirkhani via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Marcin Tybura def. Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
  • Dricus du Plessis def. Markus Perez via first-round TKO (punches)
  • Tom Aspinall def. Alan Baudot via first-round TKO (elbows, punches)
  • Ilia Topuria def. Youssef Zalal via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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Official result: Cory Sandhagen def. Marlon Moraes via KO (spinning heel kick), Round 2

Sandhagen with a big head kick and Moraes is down! A few follow up punches, but they weren't needed as this fight is over!

Round 2: Sandhagen threw a front kick to the body and then a kick to the head, though Moraes was able to partially deflect the shot. 

Moraes continued to eat big kicks to the body before scoring a takedown with under 10 seconds left in the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Sandhagen

Moraes hit a spinning backfist that was partially blocked and Sandhagen responded with a heavy body kick before popping off a few jabs.

Sandhagen slipped in a nice uppercut as a counter to a wide Moraes punch, but Moraes was able to absorb the shot well and then charge in and land a lunging left hook.

Sandhagen dug to the body with a hook but Moraes fired back with a wicked right hand and they continued to trade leg kicks before and after the exchange, their legs showing the damage already.

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Sandhagen continued to sit down on the leg kicks but Moraes threw a hard one of his own in return. Moraes continued to try to bomb with overhand rights.

Round 1: Sandhagen opened with a leg kick, trying to establish a wide distance from which to use his reach. Moraes tried for a wild overhand right that missed the mark before Sandhagen went back to the leg kicks.

It's main event time. Marlon Moraes vs. Cory Sandhagen is up next in a five round bantamweight fight.

Official result: Edson Barboza def. Makwan Amirkhani via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)

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