Despite having a four-inch height advantage, Cory Sandhagen (12-2) gave up a one-inch reach advantage to Aljamain Sterling (19-3) both fighters entered the cage with impressive win streaks. Reach would not be a factor in this fight. Sterling the No. 2 ranked bantamweight was looking to earn a title shot with a victory tonight over the No. 4 ranked Sandhagen.
Sterling with the pressure early, catching a kick and forcing Sandhagen against the cage. Sterling quickly jumped to his back, attacking with a rear-naked choke. His first attempt was not under the chin, Sandhagen was able to escape. Sterling secured a body triangle then sunk in another RNC, this time it was deep forcing Sandhagen to tap. Sterling held on a little longer, putting Sandhagen to sleep as the referee broke the action.
With this performance, Sterling leaves little doubt that he deserves to fight the winner of Petr Yan versus Jose Aldo, who will fight for the bantamweight title vacated by Henry Cejudo upon his retirement.