BREAKING: T.J. Dillashaw vs Cory Sandhagen Gets a New Date

Published 05/27/2021, 11:47 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: Cory Sandhagen lands a flying knee to knock out Frankie Edgar in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC bantamweight elites Cory Sandhagen and TJ Dillashaw are scheduled once again to battle each other out at the UFC July 24 event, according to UFC. Their previous fight at UFC Vegas 26 was ruled out after Dillashaw incurred a cut on his head.

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Dillashaw had uploaded a picture that showed a cut over his head, which he incurred during a training session. Michelle Waterson vs Marina Rodriguez’s flyweight battle had replaced the headliner of the Vegas 26 event.

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Although the venue is yet to be declared by the promotion, it is most likely to take place at Apex, as president Dana White has already clarified that future UFC Fight Nights will take place at the venue.

Cory Sandhagen vs T.J. Dillashaw- recent stats

Sandhagen is currently enjoying a 7-1 win-loss record in UFC. His last three fights have secured him 2 victories and one loss. His latest victory has come against Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night 184 in February this year, where he picked up the victory via flying knee in the first round.

Prior to this, he fought against Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 179, winning the fight after securing a second-round TKO.

His only loss in the promotion has come against the current division champion Aljamain Sterling at UFC 250, where he lost via submission in round 1.

Dillashaw, meanwhile, has been out of action since 2019. His last fight was a losing battle against Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night 143 via TKO in round 1. Prior to that, he was riding high after picking up four straight victories, including a double over former champion Cody Garbrandt, via KO and TKO.

Prior to these, he fought against Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker at UFC 200 and 207, respectively. He won both those fights via unanimous decision.

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What’s next for the winner?

Both these fighters stand a chance to fight for the title soon. The winner could face Rob Font for the No.1 contender for Sterling’s belt.

With Sterling out for the rest of the year, the UFC could strip him of the title and let Font face the winner of the Dillashaw vs Sandhagen fight for the title. There is a strong case for the former champion Petr Yan fighting against Sterling on his return as well.

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A win would bolster either fighter’s title hopes, which was left as hanged after Dillashaw incurred the injury.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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