UFC star Cory Sandhagen (14-4, 7-3) recently took time out of his adventurous lifestyle to speak with James Lynch, of Fanatics View.
In the exclusive interview, the two discussed the hot topic of having open scoring in MMA. The number four ranked bantamweight fighter is heavily in favor of the idea, as he states “I think that we need open scoring. Right now, everything is discretion man, like everything is discretion.”
“Our points are discretion, the judges viewing the fights in certain ways is discretion. Like, there’s too much discretion going on, and it makes it confusing for the fighters, the judges, the referees, and the fans. Open scoring is like one of the most, that’s like one of the easiest ways to make this thing, you know, digestible, continued Sandhagen. Right now it’s not that digestible.”
With certain promotions such as Invicta FC opting to implement open scoring, is it just a matter of time before the larger promotions follow suit? With controversial scorecards being handed in on what seems like a weekly basis, it only seems proper in order for MMA to further excel.
Big Fight on the Horizon for Cory Sandhagen
Cory Sandhagen is currently scheduled to face rising star Song Yadong (19-6-1, 8-1-1 UFC) in September of this year. The two are set to headline an upcoming Fight Night, although the location and other bouts have yet to be announced. This will be a huge challenge for both, as ‘The Sandman’ is ranked fourth in the ultra-competitive bantamweight division.
Sandhagen is still knocking on the door of another shot at gold, even though he’s on a two-fight losing skid. Standing across from Cory on that September night will be a man on fire, as the ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ has won his last three, and now finds himself in the top ten.
A main event that has huge implications for both men is exactly what the doctor ordered for a chilly fall night. Each of them is no stranger to finishes, as they have a proven track record for finishing their fights in a violent fashion.
Who do you see winning the all-important September scrap? Let us know in the comments below.
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