‘I’m Going to Be a F***ing Animal When I Get Back’- TJ Dillashaw on Why He Wanted to Fight Cory Sandhagen

Published 07/19/2021, 11:40 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: TJ Dillashaw reacts during his UFC bantamweight championship bout against Cody Garbrandt during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


TJ Dillashaw is without a doubt one of the best bantamweights to have ever fought in the UFC. Dillashaw has shared the octagon with some of the best bantamweights the UFC has had to offer and has more often than not come out on top. However, all his achievements in the sport have now been tarnished given his failed drug test that kept him out of the sport for two years. 

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Dillashaw returns to the octagon this weekend to start from scratch and once again build his legacy back up as one of the best at 135-pounds. Ahead of his return, Dillashaw shared his thoughts on the rigorous testing he has been under.

He said, “People can go say whatever they want, and more power to them, that’s the decision I made, but USADA actually put me under a microscope after I got in trouble, man. They went back to all my fights that they ever collected my samples and retested all of them all the way back to my (Raphael) Assuncao fight after (Dominick) Cruz because they keep an A and B sample every time you get tested.”

The former champion continued, “If I thought I got somewhere because of PEDs, I wouldn’t be calling out Cory Sandhagen. I wouldn’t be asking for someone in the top five. I wouldn’t let it be known that I’m getting my belt back. I’m going to be a f***ing animal when I get back in the cage”

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Can TJ Dillashaw bounce back against Cory Sandhagen?

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Former champion TJ Dillashaw is one of the best strikers in the division and has proved that time and time again. However, ring rust is a factor to take into consideration. Dillashaw has been away from the sport for over two years which will definitely impact his timing, speed, and other factors. He takes on someone in Cory Sandhagen who has looked phenomenal in his last two fights and produced jaw-dropping knockouts. 

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Both men are elite strikers, and the fight will be closely contested on the feet. However, Dillashaw is the superior wrestler and therefore could also opt to ground and pound ‘Sandman’. It will be interesting to see what approach the former champion adopts going into this return fight where there is a lot at stake for him. 

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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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