Cory Sandhagen states his case

UFC Battle Night 184 was headlined by a set of conclusive declarations.

Previous Bellator light heavyweight champ Alexander Volkov ended up veteran Alistair Overeem in the primary occasion. In the bantamweight co-feature, Cory Sandhagen leveled previous UFC light-weight champ Frankie Edgar with a vicious flying knee knockout.

Both of them desire title shots next. So where do they go from here?

Volkov, for his part, still has a couple of competitors ahead of him at heavyweight prior to he reaches champ Stipe Miocic. However he does go up to No. 6 in existing edition of the U.S.A. TODAY Sports/MMA Addict rankings, and no doubt will have a huge name challenger next time he enters the cage.

The bad news for Sandhagen? Well, he went into the Edgar fight ranked No. 3 at 135 pounds. Ahead of him are the champion, Petr Yan, and Aljamain Sterling, who handed Sandhagen his only UFC loss. So he’ll stay at No. 3.

The good news? With Yan fighting Sterling next month, he’s well-positioned to face the winner, so he’s the likelier of the two to get what he wants.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.