‘You just have to learn to bring the fight to Cory Sandhagen’ – Henry Cejudo feels Cory Sandhagen is the best fighter in the bantamweight division, barring himself
Sandhagen has been bringing the heat in the bantamweight division and clearly means business.
Henry Cejudo might be one of the greatest Bantamweights of all time. Triple C usually comes out as cocky and of course cringey, hardly acknowledging fellow fighters. However, he feels that up and coming bantamweight Cory Sandhagen is the best fighter in the 135lbs division, ‘barring himself’. Cory Sandhagen has been taking the UFC by storm, ever since making a strong comeback after a setback against Aljamain Sterling. The number 2 ranked bantamweight contender’s fame reached new heights after his highlight-reel knockout win over Frankie Edgar at the recently concluded UFC Fight Night.
Speaking about Sandhagen in The Schmo’s YouTube channel, Cejudo revealed that he ‘is both talented and dangerous’. He then went on to compare Sandhagen and the returning T.J. Dillashaw, claiming how their styles were quite similar, although Cory’s was cleaner and smoother.
‘You cannot give that kid space‘
Henry Cejudo was quoted as saying, “He’s probably, in my opinion, the best 135 pounder other than me. 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.” [via BJPenn.com]
Speaking about T.J. Dillashaw in comparison with Cory Sandhagen, Cejudo said, “I would wait in line if I were him (Sandhagen). 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.” [via BJPenn.com]
With the win over Frankie Edgar, Cory Sandhagen re-established his position as a top ranked bantamweight and is expected to take on Aljamain Sterling in a rematch, after having lost the first via. submission.
Cejudo, on the other hand, has been flirting with a possibility of coming back to the octagon, soon after announcing his retirement.