Cory Sandhagen cemented his spot in line for a bantamweight title shot earlier tonight (Sat., Oct. 10, 2020) live on ESPN+ from inside Flash Forum on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., when he finished No. 1 ranked contender Marlon Moraes with a spectacular spinning wheel kick in the second round of their main event.
The scheduled for five rounds matchup didn’t go the distance. Sandhagen claimed the win by TKO in the second round after he delivered a spinning heel kick followed by punches.
This was an important contest for both guys as Sandhagen had been on a 7-fight winning streak before it was snapped in his previous fight when he dropped a submission loss to Aljamain Sterling at the UFC 250 pay-per-view event.
On the flip side, Moraes had gone 1-1 in his last two fights by dropping a TKO loss to Henry Cejudo for the bantamweight title at UFC 238 and then rallied with a decision win over Jose Aldo at UFC 245.