Henry Cejudo expects Cory Sandhagen to become UFC bantamweight champion when he gets his chance.
Sandhagen is coming off a highlight-reel flying knee KO win over Frankie Edgar to extend his winning streak to two. He also scored another highlight-reel TKO win over Marlon Moraes. Although he was submitted by Aljamain Sterling in 88 seconds, he admits his mental game has changed a ton.
Since the loss, he does look like a different fighter and Cejudo recognizes that as he believes Sandhagen is the best bantamweight besides him.
“He’s probably, in my opinion, the best 135-pounder other than me,” Cejudo said in an interview with media personality “The Schmo.” “But you just have to learn to bring the fight to Cory Sandhagen. You just gotta bring the fight, that’s it. You cannot give that kid space. He’s extremely dangerous; he’s got talent. But if you don’t bring the fight, he’s gonna get you because there’s one thing that he does know very well, and that’s distance and his composure, which are the things that I look at when I watch a fight.”
There is no question Cory Sandhagen is talented, but given the fact, Sterling beat him makes Cejudo’s claim questionable. However, “Triple C” likes what he has seen and believes Sandhagen should also wait for a title shot instead of fighting TJ Dillashaw.
“I would wait in line if I were him (Sandhagen),” Cejudo said. “I would also wait for T.J. too because that’s an easy fight for him. The difference between Cory Sandhagen and T.J. Dillashaw is the fact that he’s better at what Dillashaw does. He’s a lot cleaner; he’s a lot smoother. They have similar styles, but T.J.’s style is a lot more broken, that Duane ‘Bang’ whatever it’s called. So if I was Cory, I would wait. If I was T.J., I would probably try to fight him to get to that title shot.”