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Cory Sandhagen Found ‘Different Level’ Against Marlon Vera | The MMA Hour

  • Published on May 30, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Cory Sandhagen discusses his win over Marlon Vera at UFC San Antonio, if it was his best performance in the UFC, the turning point before the fight, the differences between Dominick Cruz and him, the judging of his fight, how he would fix poor judges and officials, and more.
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Comments • 312

  • Apex Pred32
    Apex Pred32 2 months ago +348

    Sandhagen looked phenomenal against Vera. Would love to see him take on O'Malley.

    • Finsup
      Finsup 2 months ago +11

      That’ll be a great fight imo

    • Che Charles
      Che Charles 2 months ago +19

      That would be a fight for an interim belt. Then atleast Merab can have a reason to exist outside of his romance with the current champ

    • rafai54
      rafai54 2 months ago +1

      What a great idea!.

    • rafai54
      rafai54 2 months ago +1

      ​@Che Charles 🤣🤣🤣🤣😂

    • Monsterbaby's Channel
      Monsterbaby's Channel 2 months ago

      ​@Che Charles lol

  • Wandering Ant
    Wandering Ant 2 months ago +123

    Love listening to Cory, introspective, honest, authentic.

  • KA Like The Juice
    KA Like The Juice 2 months ago +25

    I’m seriously inspired by Cory, I think he’s a future champion 100%, I’m going to buy that book, and what he said about being your greatest self in relationships really resonates with me because it’s something that I’ve messed up myself. God bless Sandhagen 🙏

    • Ben Hallo
      Ben Hallo 2 months ago +1

      Sorry which one was it?

  • Amir Kalanie
    Amir Kalanie 2 months ago +32

    How amazing and rare to have someone have such deep insight/understanding of their potential flaws and showing the willingness to change/grow as a person, massive kudos to the Sandman

  • Nico Diaz
    Nico Diaz 2 months ago +28

    Sandhagen has officially entered mystic level.

  • Oliver Cheeseman
    Oliver Cheeseman 2 months ago +57

    Cory has been my favourite fighter for a while & to see him perform like that is a great feeling

  • lurk
    lurk 2 months ago +8

    As someone that plays UFC 4... Sandhagen vs O'Malley is always a guaranteed banger 💣

  • G Sutherland
    G Sutherland 2 months ago +12

    one of the best interviews of a ufc fighter I've seen, kudos to Cory for being so real

  • C6LD
    C6LD 2 months ago +42

    Cory is so likeable

  • a80
    a80 2 months ago +7

    Sandhagen keeps leveling up. The way he dominated Chito from bell to bell was impressive. Class act as well. I’m a big fan

  • Jose Aviles
    Jose Aviles 2 months ago +74

    Such a genuine dude. How are you not a fan of his if you follow the sport. Can't wait to see what's next for em. 👊

    • Jugo
      Jugo 2 months ago +3

      I'm a huge fan of Vera's personality also but my estimation of his potential plummeted. He's clearly a tier below the best guys

    • Jordan
      Jordan 2 months ago +1

      @Jugo and thats okay. he might still be an awesome guy. not everyone can be champion in the ufc, even if they are a champion in their life. its not about howe high your cieling is, its about doing your best. whatever that is. strive to do your best. take breaks when you need.

    • Jugo
      Jugo 2 months ago +2

      @Jordan We'll need to see if he's willing to change his fight strategy and try to win every round

  • Conor Moyes
    Conor Moyes 2 months ago +64

    Sandhagen is a pleasure to watch, so much footwork and weird angles

  • Badlucknaveen
    Badlucknaveen 2 months ago +12

    I think Cory is the fighter in which I can visibly see his level up in between fights and it’s beautiful congrats Cory

  • Joe Young
    Joe Young 2 months ago +5

    Well thought, well spoken, well fought, and always entertaining. I think this fight was the culmination of Cory harnessing everything he’s been feeling since the flying knee on Edgar. With TJ, we saw the violence, but he wasn’t quite as in touch. A lot of high risk high reward when i don’t believe it was necessary for him to be in a winning situation. Against Yan, I think we saw a vast improvement on that, but unfortunately it was a very short notice fight and even if he won’t make that excuse for himself, it’s understandable. With Yadong everything started coming together and his performance against chito was near flawless. Always tough waiting to see more from this guy

  • The Guvnor
    The Guvnor 2 months ago +35

    Cory took that loss from Yan and used it to evolve his game.
    This new Cory is a threat everywhere.

  • Gunner R
    Gunner R 2 months ago +21

    6:45 is so relatable for me… Cory is a real dude, glad he got the win

  • Gary Ablett
    Gary Ablett 2 months ago +4

    I like Cory. He’s a great philosopher, a learned man, and a humble thinker. Encouraging and inspiring to hear this man talk. Happy to hear he’s in a good space.

    • Gary Ablett
      Gary Ablett 2 months ago +1

      open, honest, and sincere, too.

  • Nate Brown
    Nate Brown 2 months ago +7

    It took some crazy discipline from cory in that fight to not get caught and for that he gets my respect

    MMAJOHNNY 2 months ago +5

    Ariel gets the best interviews. Listened to alot of them over the years . This is one o the best ive heard. I loved Cory's breakdown of his mentality change . Perfectly said

  • Roque B.
    Roque B. 2 months ago +18

    cory is really just a great person!

  • Arian Dito
    Arian Dito 2 months ago +13

    Sandbacon is the kind of warrior poet that some youtubers and others delusionally think they are

  • Dan Woodall
    Dan Woodall 2 months ago +1

    What a refreshingly honest and introspective interview with Cory. I like him more everytime I see him.

  • J Antonio Pesquera
    J Antonio Pesquera 2 months ago +6

    Some of the best foot work out there. The chain wrestling was fantastic! Let's Go Sandhagen! Let's Go Denver MMA!!

  • alcott devalte
    alcott devalte 2 months ago +77

    This kid beat Vera like he stole something in the first two rounds, and then it was just like playing with a little cat afterwards.

    • Qtards unite for Ben dover
      Qtards unite for Ben dover 2 months ago +18

      He showed that there's LEVELS to this

      CHEETO NATION 2 months ago +1

      @Qtards unite for Ben dover not to take away from cory but vera made all the same mistakes he does every time he loses lol. once you see cory shooting and landing takedowns in the first two rounds, a guy who never shoots btw you know marlon already lost

    • Kobkvega578
      Kobkvega578 2 months ago +3

      @CHEETO NATION called evolving buddy, mma. Corys not just a striker. There will be a time when everybody will be well rounded and not classified as a “striker, grappler”

      CHEETO NATION 2 months ago

      @Kobkvega578 we know buddeh, we know. youve dropped the most generic comment ive ever seen

    • silvastian
      silvastian 2 months ago

      True but he’s not a kid

  • Russell Sidell
    Russell Sidell 2 months ago +4

    Cory is truly an inspiration!

  • Catchya Later
    Catchya Later 2 months ago +4

    "Not a smart guy" and proceeds to drop knowledge on all of us. Really became a fan of his with this interview.

  • NoahCanFB
    NoahCanFB 2 months ago +56

    Seems like Chito's gameplans lately have been to let guys tee off on him until they tire but Sandhagen never even looked winded in there! Props to coach Parillo trying to encourage Marlon in-between rounds but nothing could have stopped Corey last Saturday. Already seeing excuses like Chito beat himself. Why can't a guy just be better for once?

    • Qtards unite for Ben dover
      Qtards unite for Ben dover 2 months ago +16

      Chito got completely outclassed. End of conversation

    • oppp opp
      oppp opp 2 months ago

      he was simply in the zone

    • KevinDurantBurner35
      KevinDurantBurner35 2 months ago +6

      Bisping is the most biased commentator for sure lol "Chito beat himself"

    • T Sak
      T Sak 2 months ago +8

      He kind of did.
      He wasted two rounds waiting for an opening instead of making those openings himself.
      Easy to see from the comfort of my couch.

    • Olyy Abby
      Olyy Abby 2 months ago +1

      Believe you me podcasts sucks Chito balls including Anthony Smith that Corey has nothing to over Vera. Corey is evolving every fight and mixing it up.

  • J
    J 2 months ago +42

    That was a badass performance, and I'd be extremely surprised if he was to put up a competitive fight against Merab.
    P.s. Men may forget you, but if God knows you, then you'll be ok.

    • elias alanis
      elias alanis 2 months ago +3

      Really needed this quote lol

    • ThaFightGame
      ThaFightGame 2 months ago

      Merab Aka min belal is the most boring fighter in the ufc Cory should avoid him he’s not a gatekeeper he’s not fighting aljo for the belt

  • Jack Underhill
    Jack Underhill 2 months ago +2

    I’m such a Chito fan but really like Cory. Amazing performance and seems like a really good dude.

  • Jesse Bowles
    Jesse Bowles 2 months ago +1

    How can you not like this guy. Hope he blows up soon, he deserves it.

  • Blake Lloyd
    Blake Lloyd 2 months ago +6

    Love Sandhagen. He needs to do another JRE, and Ariel is the best in the game.

  • BingusChug
    BingusChug 2 months ago

    Cory has a great mindset towards fighting. I really hope he starts to speak more positively about himself cause the dude has the potential to be very popular with his style. He’s just gotta back himself so other people feel comfortable backing him too

  • Matt Morrison
    Matt Morrison 2 months ago +7

    I love Chito and I was rooting for him. But i was disappointed was he looking for the one big punch? Any who Corey looked great. The upper cut combos were on point as well as the kicks at the end of a flurry. Credit where credit is due well done Corey. He called it it was one sided.

  • Arian Dito
    Arian Dito 2 months ago +8

    I think his boxing defense just looked amazing

  • Valerie Coton
    Valerie Coton 2 months ago

    Cool - outstanding guest and outstanding questioning! This is great content and a blessing for every host to have someone that open about their own inside! Cory is a very intelligent and reflecting human being! Thx for this content - one of the few great interaction between both. Almost an intimate moment!

  • Bluetooth
    Bluetooth 2 months ago

    So happy for this man...he did amazing

  • S LT
    S LT 2 months ago

    If there’s a guy who looks nothing like a fighter but is an elite fighter, it’s Cory. I also love his authenticity.

  • Joe Krammer
    Joe Krammer 2 months ago

    I really enjoy watching Cory fight as well as his interviews. He gives me Dominick Cruz vibes with the way he breaks down fighting and his process, great fight Saturday!

  • Zen Morte
    Zen Morte 2 months ago +3

    Cory is such an interesting guy I love the stuff he talks about

  • Jesse Akozbek
    Jesse Akozbek 2 months ago

    This just just became one of my favorite fighters. Thank you for this interview!

  • William Smallacombe
    William Smallacombe 2 months ago +4

    Has me as a fan after that fight. A lot of great fighters in the division.

  • Jon Carroll
    Jon Carroll 2 months ago +3

    Thanks for sharing this Cory S. I can relate keep being you and sharing it’s an inspiration

  • Rob Martel
    Rob Martel 2 months ago

    Ariel is great interviewer, he doesn't just fire away questions he is a great listener and relaxes the interviewee to speak freely. This is a very good interview. I always liked those Mike Perry ones he did a couple of years ago too, for example. Anyway, glad that Cory is feeling good and speaking hi smind

  • Matt Zetts
    Matt Zetts 2 months ago +13

    Cory "3rd Eye Open" Sandhagen p4p most mindful fighter.

  • Shawn Kliewer
    Shawn Kliewer 2 months ago

    Ty Corey, you helped us all out, we believe in you

  • Quebec Sucks
    Quebec Sucks 2 months ago

    Presence, awareness is key.......well done Cory. 50 - 45 Cory...total domination.....outclassed him everywhere.....the Chito hype train is over......i love it.

  • RockFerry 95
    RockFerry 95 2 months ago +7

    Cory sandman’s stand up is beautifully violent to watch, EVERY TIME. Sandman hardcore right here

  • Matt Moore
    Matt Moore 2 months ago +51

    Can tell Corey deals with some heavy depression. It is truly inspirational to see someone overcome those demons and become a true artist in his craft. Genuine dude, incredible martial artist.

    • Qtards unite for Ben dover
      Qtards unite for Ben dover 2 months ago +4

      How can you tell? Imo, he's just a self-absorbed and introverted guy.

    • Jordan
      Jordan 2 months ago +8

      @Qtards unite for Ben dover not self absorbed. but very self aware. people that are highly cerebral in life do struggle more day to day because of the heightened awareness. those who know, can see it in others sometimes. cerebral people try to hide how aware they are often times with surface level discussion, smiling a lot, maybe jokes, a character (eluding to colby here) it can be many things but the point is most people dont vibe well with people who are "nerotic" as cory put it. and yes, its very inspirational to all the extremely thoughtful people.

    • Ryan Turner
      Ryan Turner 2 months ago +4

      I can tell your depressed and anxious and obsessisve all through your comment on my phone

  • Donald Greer
    Donald Greer 2 months ago +3

    His interviews are just as good as his fights.

  • Matt Swanson
    Matt Swanson 2 months ago +1

    Much respect to Cory. Well spoken intelligent fighter.

  • Arian Dito
    Arian Dito 2 months ago +10

    dude really made a killer like Chito look harmless

    • MMA CAT
      MMA CAT 2 months ago

      Chito had bad plan, I like how everyone is not supporting him anymore and saying that there's levels, Chito can always readjust and comeback stronger.

    • yawn
      yawn 2 months ago

      @MMA CAT Chitos one of the fighters that doesn’t have a plan and tries too game plan in the fight, he’s naturally a slow starter and likes too read people. Which against Cory he needed to FIGHT FIGHT aka turn it into a fast paced kick boxing match. But someone as smart as Cory who’s mixing in takedowns, flying knees, and great kicks keeps you thinking and slow to engage. Did I mention the best foot work in the division?

    • Alan
      Alan 2 months ago

      @MMA CAT maybe because people are trying to take away that Cory is simply better in all aspects. Yes Chito can improve, but he was a deer in the headlights, currently lost in his game plan.

  • Mark Foster
    Mark Foster 2 months ago

    Inspiring, profound interview. Thanks!

  • nick h
    nick h 2 months ago +4

    Sandhagen looked laser focused during the fight. I liked his ESPN interview too

  • Quasar Leon
    Quasar Leon 2 months ago +2

    Cory did exactly what he needed to do against
    an no show Vera .

  • LanFbx
    LanFbx 2 months ago

    Ariel thanks for the talk on the mental side of a fighter! I'd LOVE to know how *exactly* fighters handle depression.

  • PotentSenzu
    PotentSenzu 2 months ago +2

    Like this dudes vibe. Cool, humble, and introspective

  • Kyle Cross
    Kyle Cross 2 months ago

    This might sound like a weird comparison but Cory really reminds me of Cruz, the way he talks, explains things, processes things, he really feels like Dom

  • Grant TD
    Grant TD 2 months ago

    I would love to see how Corey could blossom under the tutelage of say, Dominick Cruz. He’s like a new age mixture between TJ and Dom. Straight up killer.

  • Saielb
    Saielb 2 months ago +1

    "That's not the type of art I want to make in my life"-EPIC

  • Ronald Williams
    Ronald Williams 2 months ago +10

    The Sandman 🔥

    BRUCE 2 months ago +6

    Sandhagen and Ferguson have that body type that makes them look like walking knives

  • Lou Is
    Lou Is 2 months ago

    A focused Cory, 🤯 I feel for his future opponents.

  • alex erickson
    alex erickson 2 months ago +1

    Sandhagen vs O’Malley……good God what a fight!! Make it happen eventually 100% he had Chito FROZEN. Corey is a good ass dude

  • Ooweehuzy
    Ooweehuzy Month ago

    Corey is definitely a potential champ

  • Morpheus
    Morpheus 2 months ago +1

    11:04 Ariel and even Cory forgot that he fought Yan lmao, Merab erased him from history

  • John Yi
    John Yi 2 months ago +2

    Realest dude in the UFC

  • Monsterbaby's Channel
    Monsterbaby's Channel 2 months ago +2

    What a performance. I'm not sure he should've called out Merab.... I think O'Malley is the better fight, and more winnable. But he's got some balls though, NOBODY probably wants to fight Merab right now. Lol.
    I picked Vera by 4th round KO..... you made a fool out of me. Well done. 💪💪💪💪

  • M. Lang
    M. Lang 2 months ago

    Cool dude. A lot of really down to earth athletes these days. Pretty cool.

  • BlazeBananaCrusher
    BlazeBananaCrusher 2 months ago +1

    Amazing and inspiring dude.

  • Paul Holland
    Paul Holland 2 months ago

    The stuff he says about not putting pressure on himself... I'm taking that to the bank. Thank you.

  • Mark Davis
    Mark Davis 2 months ago

    Not many fighters a could watch fight all day and listen to all day Love this guy ✌️

  • HenkeTooRaw
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  • J Dub
    J Dub 2 months ago

    What an incredible interview

  • Blake Lloyd
    Blake Lloyd 2 months ago

    Love the universal commission idea and the conversation yall had about it as well. 🤟🏾

  • Lazy Eye
    Lazy Eye 2 months ago +1

    Was rooting for chito but Sandhagen is a good dude. Happy for him.

  • Renze G
    Renze G 2 months ago

    Hands down 1 my favorite fighters reminds me of old school Dominick Cruz

  • Vancouver
    Vancouver 2 months ago +2

    sandhagen is a good interview always thoughtful answers

  • Arian Dito
    Arian Dito 2 months ago +3

    "I don't think I'm a very smart guy" all actually smart people

  • Carlos Ramirez
    Carlos Ramirez 2 months ago

    I was today years old, when I realized how much I like Cory.

  • D4RK
    D4RK 2 months ago +1

    Cory looks like the most normal looking guy until you see him in the octagon

  • Kyle
    Kyle 2 months ago

    Seems like an honest guy awesome 👍🏻

  • Joseph Lilley
    Joseph Lilley 2 months ago

    I'd Cory and Merab fight next and Cory wins, I think he deserves a title shot. We'll have to wait and see but if he continues to fight the way he did against Vera, he could definitely win the belt.

  • Darko240
    Darko240 2 months ago

    At 1:00 into the second round there is a camera shot of Cory fainting and Chico clearly with a look of concern on his face, like he couldnt process where 🎉he could attack Cory safely. 😅😅😮

  • RJ
    RJ 2 months ago

    Only defense the ufc has about the commission and things like that is the sport is so dam young compared to other major sports that are dam need a century old. MMA and especially the ufc is around 30 years old and they’re growing so much quick then they probably ever expected. In 60-70 years I can imagine how much these fighters will be making and how fine tuned this sport and promotion will be

  • kreep3r
    kreep3r 2 months ago

    Hes definitely top 3 quality. Sterling is just on another level, it's the wrestling that saved sterling career

  • Matthew Williams
    Matthew Williams 2 months ago +1

    Believe it or not it will be harder to be forgotten because of the Internet and social media and all that good stuff

  • FloridaMan56Ace
    FloridaMan56Ace 2 months ago +1

    One of my new favorite fighters

  • Alyph A
    Alyph A 2 months ago

    Keep it real cory love you 🔥🖤

  • Nickster
    Nickster 2 months ago

    Cory said he was reading this book last year. I got it in June last year when he was fighting TJ It’s a Hindu spiritual thing about a man’s look on life in a LSD type of thinking

  • Vanslang
    Vanslang 2 months ago

    Sandhagen/O’Malley is the most entertaining fight the UFC could make in that division

  • Spazz
    Spazz 2 months ago +1

    Such a good dude

  • Gabriel Huereca
    Gabriel Huereca 2 months ago

    Enjoying all the moments in life is very important, even if it gets tough, no regrets and just pure gratitude for the life and job/career you have, enjoy everything because it will come to an end.

  • Dickmond Dickelheimer
    Dickmond Dickelheimer 2 months ago +3

    Ain't no such thing as a Cory sandhagen

  • Nick Waldman
    Nick Waldman 2 months ago +4

    I hate that corey isnt a superstar. Amazing style, highlight kos, real AF.

  • Nigel Higgs
    Nigel Higgs 2 months ago

    I definitely feel what he says.

  • Khan
    Khan 2 months ago

    Sandman. Stoic .professional . Schooled vera. Masterclass

  • Tyler Kay
    Tyler Kay 2 months ago +1

    How is nobody talking about him being the best in the division? He is definitely in that conversation

  • Tanner Freeman
    Tanner Freeman 2 months ago

    Fantastic interview.

  • Radovan
    Radovan 2 months ago

    Ariel, please use your platform to keep these judges honest. I'm a massive Chito fan but we need to keep these judges doing their job right. They can ruin a career in one night. I've been following you for ever. Let's make some noise when we see these terrible score cards...

  • muirthilevincit
    muirthilevincit 2 months ago

    Sandhagen is an interesting fighter. I like to hear his views.