BREAKING: TJ Dillashaw Withdraws From His UFC Comeback Fight on May 8th

Published 04/28/2021, 1:36 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 19: TJ Dillashaw reacts after his loss to Henry Cejudo in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The May 8 main event between Cory Sandhagen and TJ Dillashaw is off. The former bantamweight champion announced on Instagram that he would not be able to compete on the aforementioned date. He also stated that he is working on rescheduling the fight as soon as possible. 

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‘Killashaw’ shared a picture of his injury and wrote, “I’m sad to say that I have to be pulled from my fight on May 8th due to a cut received from a head butt while drilling. Rescheduling the fight as soon as possible.”

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Losing the main event just a few weeks before it was set to take place was a huge blow for the promotion. However, thanks to the depth of talent available, recent reports suggest that the UFC has set a strawweight bout between Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez as the new main event to headline the May 8th card. 

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Can TJ Dillashaw bounce back after a long lay-off?

The former Bantamweight champion has been out of competition for a little over two years. He last competed in January 2019 when he went down a weight class to challenge Henry Cejudo for the flyweight belt. However, shortly after the bout, he was suspended for two years for testing positive for a banned substance. 

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Dillashaw, who was on a four-fight win streak before succumbing to a loss against Cejudo, will be aiming to get back into the win column. However, this will be easier said than done as his opponent, Cory Sandhagen, has quickly established himself as one of the best and deadliest strikers in the division. ‘The Sandman’ has looked phenomenal in his last two fights and has secured stunning stoppages in both outings. 

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The fight between both men will be a chess match between two of the best strikers in the division. It will be interesting to see how much two years away from the sport has affected Dillashaw.

Now, UFC fans will be hoping that the company reschedules the fight as soon as possible. When do you think Dillashaw and Sandhagen will scrap?

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Kevin Binoy

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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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