UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen Recap
Yet again the UFC put together an amazing free card that had fun fights from start to finish. Ever since the pandemic happened, UFC has been putting together cards on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, or the UFC APEX, that have had amazing fight cards and Saturday nights was no different.
The main event was a Bantamweight match-up between number 1 ranked Marlon Moraes, and number 4 ranked Cory Sanhagen. This was a very important match-up for the Bantamweight division title picture. During the fight there was an exciting standup where we saw the unorthodox style of Sandhagen get the better of the exchanges against the more traditional style of Moraes. In the second round, Sandhagen, through a spinning wheel kick which clipped Moraes over the top of the head, dropped his opponent. Sandhagen did not waste anytime finishing the fight with a little bit of ground-and-pound.
This was obviously a huge win for Cory Sandhagen and rightfully puts him right in the middle of the title picture. When asked about it he said that he believes that Aljamain Sterling deserves the next shot at the champion Petr Yan, so he wants the winner of that fight. However, if for whatever reason the UFC offers the fight to him instead of Sterling, he will not turn it down.
The co-main event saw Edson Barboza take on Makwan Amirkhani in an exciting bout in the Featherweight division. It was a dominant performance by Barboza and he proved he is still one of the best strikers in the UFC. After his dominant win, there are a lot of fun matchups that can be made in the Featherweight division for the former lightweight.
As said before, all the fights on the card were fun and worth the watch. However, the main standout of the night came on the prelims in a Middleweight bout which featured Impa Kasanganay and Joaquin Buckley. It was a fun fight with back and forth striking, but in the second round Buckley landed what some are saying is the greatest knock out of all time. Putting it into words would not do it justice, it is a must see sports moment that will be on highlight reels for the rest of human existence.
Once again the UFC proves why they are the leader in combat sports right now, and every card seems to get better and better this year. This Saturday will have another stellar free fight before we have the biggest paper per view of the year on October 24, when Justin Gathje takes on Khabib Nurmagomedov for the Lightweight Championship. If the momentum carries on from this card to the next two, then fans are in for a treat.