Knockout of the year! UFC legend Frankie Edgar cops 28-sec flying knee KO from Cory Sandhagen
And this was one of the greatest seconds in recent MMA history.
Cory Sandhagen has already been talked about as a future UFC bantamweight champion, but his stunning flying knee knockout of Frankie Edgar at UFC Vegas 18 will be what turns him into a star.
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Edgar, a former UFC lightweight champion, decided to duck his head just 28 seconds into their co-main event bout.
But at the same time, Sandhagen flew into the air, and drove his right knee perfectly into Edgar’s skull - knocking him out instantly.
“It feels good, but that’s Frankie Edgar,” Sandhagen said after the fight.
“I don’t want to watch that happen to him, but better him than me. That’s the game we’re in.”
It took several minutes for Edgar to rise to his feet under his own power after being checked on by medical staff.
CORY SANDHAGEN WITH A FLYING KNEE KO IN LESS THAN A MINUTE. WOW. HE IS UNBELIEVABLE.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 7, 2021
Cory Sandhagen will be a future UFC champion. I am certain of this. He is incredible.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 7, 2021
Glad to see Edgar and standing. That was a vicious KO. It’s only January but I have a feeling we’ll be talking about it in December.
28 seconds. Second-fastest flying knee in UFC history, behind Jorge Masvidal, of course.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 7, 2021
The win puts Sandhagen firmly in line for a bantamweight title shot against the winner of Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling.
Sandhagen, now 14-2, was choked out by Sterling last year.
“I’m a different monster than I was before I fought Aljamain Sterling,” Sandhagen said.
“He taught me some lessons. I know Yan has been talking about fighting T.J. (Dillashaw) after that fight, if he even wins that fight. That’s garbage to me. I’m the toughest guy. Fight me. If Aljamain wins, I owe him a nap and he’s going to get that nap.”