UFC Fight Island 5: Cory Sandhagen Scores Jaw-Dropping Win
Cory Sandhagen returned to the win column in highlight reel fashion tonight, while finishing Marlon Moraes in the card's headliner.
Cory Sandhagen ensured he remains in the title shot mix tonight at UFC Vegas 5, and he did so by taking out Marlon Moraes with a jaw-dropping technique.
Both bantamweights came out firing kicks and hooks. Moraes planted a hard calf kick a minute in and Sandhagen responded with one of his own. Sandhagen fired a flying knee that missed and Moraes missed with a headkick moments later. Moraes winged a heavy spinning backfist that Sandhagen blocked.
The steady volume of strikes continued and Sandhagen scored with a hard body kick. Sandhagen fired another body kick that Moraes caught, and countered with a TD.
Sandhagen continued to come with a variety of strikes in round two, and moments later, he could be heard say Moraes’ orbital bone was broke. Not long after, Sandhagen sent Moraes to the floor with a spinning heel hick and as he followed up with punches, the fight was stopped. Wow.
Sandhagen was competing for the first time since June, when he was quickly submitted by Aljamain Sterling,.
Here are the complete results for UFC Fight Island 5, which took place in Abu Dhabi.
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Cory Sandhagen def. Marlon Moraes via TKO (spinning heel kick & punches) R2 1:03
Edson Barboza def. Makwan Amirkhani via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
Marcin Tybura def. Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Dricus Du Plessis def. Markus Perez via KO (punches) R1, 3:22
Tom Aspinall def. Alan Baudot via TKO (punches) R1, 1:35
Ilia Topuria def. Youssef Zalal via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tom Breese def. KB Bhullar via TKO (punches) R1, 1:42
Chris Daukaus def. Rodrigo Nascimento via KO (punches) R1, 0:45
Joaquin Buckley def. Impa Kasanganay via KO (spinning back kick) R2, 2:03
Tony Kelley def. Ali AlQaisi via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Giga Chikadze def. Omar Morales via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tracy Cortez def. Stephanie Egger via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tagir Ulanbekov def. Bruno Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)