In his return to bantamweight pursuing a prolonged operate at 145 lbs ., Sandhagen faced Alcantara at UFC Struggle Night time 135 in August 2018, in a combat in which the Elevation Battle Workforce athlete showed outstanding toughness.
Sandhagen uncovered himself battling some early adversity when he was caught with a flurry, then a deep armbar that he someway survived. Alcantara experienced Sandhagen’s arm completely extended, but a bloodied up Sandhagen refused to tap and sooner or later managed to escape.
Sandhagen then wound up in best situation and proceeded to rain down large floor and pound on Alcantara, who discovered himself in difficulties of his possess but managed to final the round.
In Round 2, Sandhagen was capable to stun Alcantara proper off the bat and ongoing to punish him on the ground till the referee lastly stopped the battle 61 seconds into the body.
Sandhagen would go on to earn his following three in a row, together with victories around John Lineker and Raphael Assuncao. He noticed that successful streak appear to a halt when he was promptly submitted by Aljamain Sterling in his earlier outing at UFC 250 in June.
Sandhagen (12-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) returns Saturday against Marlon Moraes (23-6-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in the UFC on ESPN+ 37 headliner, which takes position at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Just before he faces Moraes, relive Sandhagen’s comeback end of Alcantara in the video clip earlier mentioned.