‘Let’s Run It’ – Cody Garbrandt Issues Challenge as T.J. Dillashaw Defeats Cory Sandhagen

Published 07/24/2021, 10:40 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 03: (L-R) Opponents TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt face off during the UFC 227 weigh-in inside the Orpheum Theater on August 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


T.J. Dillashaw returned after over 2 years and fought Cory Sandhagen at UFC Vegas 32 in a highly anticipated fight. While Dillashaw was a former UFC champion, Sandhagen sits at #2 in the UFC bantamweight rankings. Therefore, a victory for either would have meant a title opportunity very soon.

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The fight lived up to expectations as Dillashaw and Sandhagen left it all in the octagon for 5 rounds and the decision could have gone either way. However, in the end, Dillashaw won the fight via split decision. Following this victory, people from all around the world have been sharing their views on the same.

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While most people congratulated Dillashaw on a successful return to the Octagon, a former rival took to Twitter to challenge him. As soon as the fight finished, Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt issued a challenge to Dillashaw. He wrote, “Let’s run it.”

Dillashaw and Garbrandt have faced each other two times before. The pair first met at UFC 217 and Dillashaw won that fight via a 2nd round KO. Their rematch happened at UFC 227 and Dillashaw won again via a 1st round TKO. Therefore, many people believe that there is no need for another fight between Dillashaw and ‘No Love‘ as Dillashaw is already 2-0 up.

Also, given the fact that Dillashaw wants to challenge for the title as soon as possible, a fight between Dillashaw and Garbrandt seems highly unlikely.

What happened in the fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen?

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This fight was one of the closest contests in recent memory. Both fighters put on an impressive performance and came out with all guns blazing. The second round saw Sandhagen come back strong as he split open Dillashaw with a flying knee. However, Dillashaw responded and took the third round with a series of leg kicks.

The championship rounds saw both fighters have their moments. In the end, however, the judge’s scorecard showed a victory for Dillashaw via split decision.

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What did you think of the fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen? Also, what did you make of Garbrandt’s challenge? Let us know in the comments.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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