UFC Fight Night Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw brings an impressive and promising bantamweight battle between the No.2 in the division and the former champion of the same. According to the people from within the organization, the winner of this match will face the Yan vs. Sterling rematch winner and receive the chance to challenge the champion. That is why we expect to see a very interesting and, above all, intense fight between two guys who are among the most attractive ones in the UFC. And that especially goes for Sandhagen, who was throwing highlight reels all over the place in the past few months.
Sandhagen is coming off two spectacular victories that saw him posting arguably the best finishes in the past two wins. He absolutely stunned all the fans with his wins against Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar.
The Sandman KOd Magic Moraes with a spinning wheel kick in the second round of their bout back in October 2020. After that, he smashed the former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, via flying knee, in the 28th second of their matchup this February. To be honest, we don’t really know which finish is better here.
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Tj Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen are former sparring partners
They will be fighting this weekend in the main event! 🔥🔥
— MMA India (@MMAIndiaShow) July 22, 2021
Overall, Sandhagen took his performance to another level following a loss to Aljamain Sterling, as he lost that match after submission in the opening round, also wasting a chance to meet Petr Yan and attack the title. It seems that this loss motivated the 29-year old to double his effort and to make him more aware of pluses and minuses in his fight style.
Dillashaw is fresh off of his two-year suspension due to EPO usage at the time of his fight against Henry Cejudo. Both of his samples, the one given before and after the match, were positive for the prohibited substance, and the anti-doping agency had no mercy for Dillashaw.
His fight against Cejudo ended badly for then the 33-year old, as Triple C TKOd him in the opening round, defending the flyweight belt and announcing what later became the quest for the bantamweight belt.
Sandhagen. Dillashaw. This Saturday.
— UFC (@ufc) July 19, 2021
Dillashaw established himself as an impeccable wrestler throughout his career and the guy who probably has the quickest and the most explosive movement in the octagon. Now, the only problem here is that we don’t know his current state because he didn’t have a proper fight for two years. The ring rust is a very nasty thing, you know.
The last sentence is definitely the biggest reason why give a small edge, in this case, to Sandhagen. The younger fighter is on the rise, and over the last year and more, he fought the best of the best in the division. Unlike him, Dillashaw didn’t have a single fight. And his previous match ended with a loss that saw him losing pretty much everything earned in the past.
Also, Sandhagen has a reach advantage that will be important here, 70″ to Dillashaw’s 67″. Knowing that he strikes perfectly, this will probably be a big plus for the Sandman. At this point, we believe that he is ready to attack the title, regardless of the rival across the ring.
Pick: Sandhagen Wins 1/2 at BetXchange