Cory Sandhagen explains why he thinks UFC champions should be stripped if they don’t defend their belts in 9 months
If Cory Sandhagen was successful, the UFC champions would be stripped of their titles after nine months of inactivity.
Sandhagen, who replaced an injured Sterling at UFC 267, appeared in the latest episode of MMA time to talk about his upcoming interim title clash against Petr Yan. Sandhagen and MMA reporter Ariel Helwani explained how long contenders should wait for inactive champions. Helwani postulated that title holders should have one year before the UFC takes away their titles. But according to Sandhagen:
“I don’t know, man… Nine? Nine months in there? If you don’t fight in nine months, then yeah, then you should take your clothes off. I think a year is a really long time to go. keep people waiting, you know. You don’t have a ton of fights, you don’t have a ton of time in sports, especially in the prime of life. And I think keep people waiting at least a year is a bit long. “
Sandhagen pointed out that most MMA fighters only have a short window to maximize their physical bonuses. With that in mind, ‘The Sandman’ believes that no competitor should wait for a champion for more than nine months. As it stands, however, the UFC takes titles away from champions on a case-by-case basis.
Watch Cory Sandhagen’s interview at The MMA Hour:
Cory Sandhagen says Aljamain Sterling shouldn’t be stripped of UFC bantamweight title
The long-awaited rematch between bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and former defending champion Petr Yan will have to wait a bit longer. This is because ‘Funk Master’ was not allowed to compete after undergoing neck surgery.
However, Cory Sandhagen doesn’t think Sterling deserves to be punished for being injured. The 29-year-old interim bantamweight title challenger said:
“It depends on how long he really has to be out. I think it would be a bad way to undress someone because, one, he really fouled him in his last fight and that’s what won him the belt. But also, like the guy was actually hurt. “