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UFC Fight Night 210 results: Cory Sandhagen slices open Song Yadong for eventual TKO win

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Corey Sandhagen desperately needed a win, and he got it thanks to a perfectly placed elbow.

Sandhagen (15-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) had a few issues with a tough and tight fight. Song Yadong (19-7-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC). But the cut above Yadun’s left eye, inflicted by Sandhagen’s elbow, was too deep for Yadun to continue in the final round. Sandhagen ended the fight with a TKO when a doctor stopped the fight between the fourth and fifth rounds.

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The bantamweight fight was UFC fight night 210 The main event of the UFC Apex tournament in Las Vegas.

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“I stripped the guy of his power (with takedown attempts),” Sandhagen said in his post-fight interview. “He’s a hell of a striker… The intention was not to throw takedowns all the time – it was just to win short minutes. That’s how you kind of win in MMA, so I’m trying to play the athletic part of the game now too.”

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Sandhagen took the lead early and then attempted a takedown. Yadong remained upright without much trouble, and the two of them held along the fence for 45 seconds until Yadong pulled away. Sandhagen landed a strong roundhouse kick that was off target, and Yadong almost made him pay with his kick when Sandhagen lost his balance. Moments later, Yadong delivered a devastating left counter and this forced Sandhagen to grab him again. In the middle of the round, Sandhagen landed his third takedown, but failed again, and Yadong was on top of the canvas. When Sandhagen got back on his feet, Yadong took him by the back and waited for his surrender, but Sandhagen’s protection kept him out of trouble. Sandhagen landed a strong body kick with 90 seconds left, but Yadong went through him.

In the second minute, Yadun landed a strong left that staggered Sandhagen. Yadong remained patient, and when Sandhagen recovered, he tried knee jumping, which Yadong was wise to do. Sandhagen landed a takedown 90 seconds later, but Yadong was back on his feet almost immediately—quickly enough that it didn’t count as a takedown. Soon after, Sandhagen went for another level change, but there was no takedown. A perfectly placed elbow severely cut Yadun above his left eye, and although this should have increased his perseverance, he had nothing to do until the end of the second second.

The cage doctor looked at Yadong’s cut between rounds and said he could continue into the third round. They traded punches within the first minute and when Sandhagen landed a takedown, Yadong struck again. Yadun’s punch began to leak mid-round after he scored another takedown attempt. Sandhagen pressed him against the fence, but Yadun punched him. They traded punches and kicks in the final minute of the round, which Sandhagen likely won back.

Yadun’s cut was worse before the fourth and the doctor said that if it got worse referee Herb Dean would be wise to stop him. Sandhagen looked very slow and patient, but just a minute later, Yadun’s wound reopened. Yadun knocked out Sandhagen’s leg, knocked him down and tried to work from above. Yadong briefly switched to lateral control, but Sandhagen got back on his feet and squeezed Yadong. Yadong hit Sandhagen with a right mid-round but couldn’t gather enough to put him in danger. Sandhagen finally got a takedown and worked well on the canvas until the end of the road, and Yadun was in a bloody mess.

Between rounds, the cage doctor said the cut was too severe for Yadong, giving Sandhagen a much-needed TKO win.

Sandhagen had two fights, perhaps the most important win of his career. Yadun had a winning streak of three fights, interrupted by defeat.

The most recent UFC Fight Night 210 results include:

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The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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