Everything You Need To Know About T.J. Dillashaw’s UFC Return and His Next Opponent

Published 07/18/2021, 12:54 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 04: TJ Dillashaw celebrates his UFC Bantamweight Title Bout win over Cody Garbrandt during UFC 227 at Staples Center on August 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)


Former UFC bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw is set to return to the UFC Octagon this weekend as he takes on cream of the crop contender Cory Sandhagen. Dillashaw hasn’t competed since his 2019 loss to Henry Cejudo. He was caught for substance abuse and was suspended subsequently.

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The period of his ban is now over and the former champion is set for a return to the UFC Octagon. The duo was set to fight at an earlier date. But that has been backtracked and the duo will eventually clash this weekend. Dillashaw is now 35 and many have questioned whether he is still the fighter that he once was.

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)

Well, fans won’t have to wait much longer for those answers. However, ‘Sandman’ is an electric fighter in his own right. He is more than capable of spoiling the return for Dillashaw.

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Cory Sandhagen vs T.J. Dillashaw: A detailed overview

Dillashaw has a professional record of 16-4. He has won 4 out of his last 5 fights inside the Octagon. Since his split decision loss to Dominick Cruz, Dillashaw was on a 4-fight streak. 2 of his wins came against another former champion in Cody Garbrandt. Both of those fights ended by the way of knockout. He is a two-time champion of the 135 lbs division.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Cory Sandhagen kicks Marlon Moraes of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Sandhagen, on the other hand, is on a roll at the bantamweight division of the UFC. Since joining the promotion in 2018, ‘Sandman’ has won all of his fights bar one. His only loss was against the current champion, Aljamain Sterling. 5 of his 7 wins have come via finishes.

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However, it’s his last 2 fights against Franke Edgar and Marlon Moraes that have been the showcase of his real talent. The spectacular finishes in both the fights are worthy of being part of any highlight reel. Something similar to that caliber will well and truly make ‘Sandman’ the next in line for a shot at the bantamweight gold.

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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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