BREAKING: TJ Dillashaw vs Cory Sandhagen Set for UFC Fight Night on July 24

Published 05/18/2021, 11:07 PM EDT
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – JANUARY 18: TJ Dillashaw poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at Barclays Center on January 18, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Fan-favorite bantamweight and former champion TJ Dillashaw has a new date for his return. Dillashaw was set to face Cory Sandhagen on May 8 as the main event for the night. However, a laceration above his eye forced him out of the bout. Sandhagen opted not to go for a replacement fight but instead waited for a new date against the former champion. 

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According to recent reports, the fight now has a new date. The two men will headline the fight night on July 24. The venue and the location for the fight are not known yet. The fight card does feature a few incredibly exciting fights other than the main event and will be an amazing card if all goes according to plan. 

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Will his two years away be the downfall of TJ Dillashaw?

TJ Dillashaw could not have asked for a scarier matchup in the bantamweight division for his comeback fight. The former champion last fought in January 2019 when he went down to 125-pounds to challenge for the Flyweight title against Henry Cejudo

The fight did not go his way as he was stopped in just over 30-seconds of the very first round. To make things worse, he was handed a two-year suspension for a failed drug test in his fight against ‘Triple C’. 

The man standing across the octagon from Dillashaw has been tearing through the bantamweight division at the moment. After his loss against Sterling, ‘Sandman’ flipped a switch and has been knocking out everyone in his way. In October 2020, he secured a stunning spinning wheel kick win over Moraes. He followed that up with a knockout-of-the-year contender over legend Frankie Edgar in February this year. 

Dillashaw is 35-years old and does not have age on his side. He was out of action for two years in what was arguably the prime of his fighting career. In his return, he faces someone who has looked unbeatable in his last two fights. 

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If Dillashaw is able to secure a win over Sandhagen, he will be able to prove once again just how good he is. However, if he loses the fight, it might be detrimental to his hopes of becoming a champion again. 

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What do you make of the fight between Sandhagen and Dillashaw? Who do you think will take the win? 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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