‘I’m Gonna Finish Him for Sure’- TJ Dillashaw Makes Bold Prediction for His Fight Against Cory Sandhagen

Published 07/20/2021, 5:44 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 04: TJ Dillashaw celebrates after his knockout victory over Cody Garbrandt in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 227 event inside Staples Center on August 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


TJ Dillashaw is all set to make his highly awaited return to the octagon after facing two years of doping suspension. In his return, the former champion will take on the number two ranked bantamweight Cory Sandhagen. The bout will headline the upcoming edition of UFC Fight Night on July 24, 2021.

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This is a crucial fight for TJ Dillashaw, as a lot of fans will keep a close eye on the former champion. A win over Sandhagen could place Dillashaw directly into the conversation of the next title contender. Whereas, a defeat could have catastrophic affects on his image as a fighter. Even after all that pressure, Dillashaw remains calm and composed because the former champ assures he will get the job done.

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In a recent interview with Brett Okamoto, Dillashaw gave his predictions on his fight with Cory Sandhagen. TJ Dillashaw said “Yeah I’m gonna finish him for sure.” So far, Dillashaw has eight T/KO wins in his twenty-one fights career and now he vows to add Sandhagen to the list.

TJ Dillashaw believes Dominick Cruz is harder to prepare than Cory Sandhagen

Dillashaw doesn’t seem to have the same concern about Cory Sandhagen as he had for other top bantamweights. After analysis of his opponent, Dillashaw thinks Sandhagen is a very technical fighter and has a lot more purpose behind his every movement. But Dillashaw claims that’s it easier to prepare for a technical fighter as compared to an unconventional fighter like Dominick Cruz.

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)

Dillashaw said, “Cruz is one of those fighters I would say that he is not as technically sound. But he is more well rounded. You know where Cruz took me down three times in the fights. I think they were like for a split second. But maybe I got overly aggressive and let him shot on me. Well, that’s not gonna be the case. So when you talk about game planning. I think Cruz is probably harder to game plan for because he’s gonna switch up his timing. He’s gonna switch up his levels, he might try to take me down.”

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Dominick Cruz is considered as one of the toughest opponents to fight against. Dillashaw faced ‘The Dominator’ back in 2016 in a close quarter combat where ‘The Dominator’ prevailed over Dillashaw by the narrowest of the margins. Therefore, after comparing his two training camps, Dillashaw feels it’s easy to prepare for Cory Sandhagen as compared to Dominick Cruz.

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Will Dillashaw’s prediction come true on July 24?

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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