Here are the UFC Vegas 60 results and analysis.
UFC Vegas 60 Analysis
Prior to UFC Vegas 60, Cory Sandhagen concentrated on snapping a two-fight losing streak and maintaining his No. 4 ranking in the official UFC rankings. He accomplished this by giving an outstanding performance against Song Yadong, a rising star.
Sandhagen won the bout via doctor stoppage at the end of the fourth stanza by using volume, a variety of strikes, unconventional attacks, meanness, and stellar cardio. Two judges had the fight tied going into the fifth round, while the other had Sandhagen winning. Two judges had the fight tied going into the fifth round, while the other had Sandhagen winning. With that, Sandhagen won the battle thanks to his capacity for inflicting harm and then taking advantage of that harm.
With the victory, Sandhagen keeps his spot atop a competitive division where many competitors are vying for a chance to face the victor of the match between current 135-pound champion Aljamain Sterling and former champion T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 280.
On December 2, Song Yadong will turn 25 years old. As a result, anticipate seeing him remain near the top of the bantamweight division for many years. Yadong’s entry into this fight was criticized by me for his excessive throwing. My worry was that as the fight entered its later rounds, he would start to tire and leave himself vulnerable to counterattacks.
Yadong still needs to vary his striking, in my opinion, and he frequently bit on movements made by Cory Sandhagen during the fight. But on Saturday night, his toughness, tenacity, and takedown defense were all out of this world.
Yadong and Team Alpha Male ought to use UFC Vegas 60 as a teaching opportunity and make changes with incremental progress in mind. Yadong doesn’t require a complete overhaul, but a few small changes will help him become a more effective and efficient fighter.
Main Card (ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET)
Cory Sandhagen def. Song Yadong via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 4
Gregory Rodrigues def. Chidi Njokuani via TKO (punches) at 1:27 of Round 2
Andre Fili def. Bill Algeo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Pyfer def. Alen Amedovski via KO (punch) at 3:55 of Round 1
Rodrigo Nascimento def. Tanner Boser via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Anthony Hernandez def. Marc-Andre Barriault via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:53 of Round 3
Preliminary Card (ESPN+ at 4 p.m. ET)
Damon Jackson def. Pat Sabatini via TKO (verbal submission) at 1:09 of Round 1
Trevin Giles def. Louis Cosce via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Loma Lookboonmee def. Denise Gomes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Trey Ogden def. Daniel Zellhuber via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Gillian Robertson def. Mariya Agapova via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:19 of Round 2
Javid Basharat def. Tony Gravely via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nikolas Motta def. Cameron VanCamp via TKO (punches) at 3:49 of Round 1
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