Eliminating T.J. Dillashaw Not a Problem for Cory Sandhagen

Published 02/11/2021, 10:07 AM EST


Cory Sandhagen provided the performance of his life as he knocked out Frankie Edgar with a flying knee inside 30 seconds of their fight in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 184 this past weekend. ‘Sandman’ believes nothing less than a title shot should be next for him. He has certainly earned the right to call his shots with his body of work.

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On the other hand, the UFC is setting up a comeback for T.J. Dillashaw to the bantamweight division. Champion Petr Yan indicated his desire to fight the former champion after fighting Aljamain Sterling at UFC 258. Sandhagen doesn’t like those suggestions and believes Dillashaw shouldn’t get a title shot before him. He is ready to eliminate ‘Killashaw’ himself if needed.

“Yeah, man. Uh, yeah, of course, there’s concern because like I said, Man, like the UFC. It’s a business, man, and they and they, and they operate like a business and, and TJ is much bigger name than I am, he’ll probably get more sales for stuff, maybe then I will,said Sandhagen.

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And you know that that’s concerning for me. That being said, Man, like, I don’t want them to just feed TJ some, like, really, you know, lackluster fight, just so that they can say that he’s coming off of a win and this and that,” he added.

So, I mean, if it comes down to it, man, like, you know, I think that I should be the next one fight for the title. But if we need to eliminate another option, which is TJ, then like, I’ll fight TJ and then fight for the title too,” added ‘Sandman‘.

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Cory Sandhagen open to fighting anybody to get a shot

Sandhagen says if he doesn’t get a title shot next, he will keep fighting everybody until the UFC is forced to hand him his shot. But he has faith that the promotion will give him the next shot to face the eventual winner between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259.

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)

Who should get a title shot first? Sandhagen or Dillashaw? Or should both men face each other for an eliminator?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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