Rob Font In Against Cory Sandhagen Saving UFC Nashville Main Event

Rob Font and Marlon Vera, UFC Vegas 53
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 30: (L-R) Rob Font punches Marlon Vera of Ecuador in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 30, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

UFC bantamweight Cory Sandhagen will remain as the headliner for UFC Nashville on Aug. 5 as Rob Font has stepped in for the injured Umar Nurmagomedov.

First reported by ESPN.

Font (20-6) was set to take on Song Yadong at UFC 292, but Song withdrew from the bout for undisclosed reasons leaving Font available to step in for Nurmagomedov.

For #7 ranked Font this is a chance to take a leap back into the top 5 of the division as he gets #4 Sandhagen on short notice, but having been training for the Song fight. He last saw action at UFC 287 where he stopped up-and-comer Adrian Yanez via TKO in the first round.

Sandhagen (16-4) is currently riding a 2-fight win streak with a finish over Song, and a main event clinic put on against Chito Vera in March. He gets a top 10 opponent on short notice, but still within reach of a title shot with a win in Nashville.

The main event bout will remain a 5-round fight.

Nurmagomedov withdrew from the bout with a shoulder injury earlier this week which reportedly will require surgery putting him out for an unknown amount of time.

This sets up a showdown between two high-level bantamweights with Sandhagen’s losses only coming against former champions, but having won 3 of his last 5.

Font comes into UFC Nashville having won 3 of his last 5 fights including wins over Yanez, Marlon Moares and Cody Garbrandt.