UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Dillashaw: Cory Sandhagen vs T.J. Dillashaw- Prediction and Analysis

Published 07/22/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Dillashaw will see a bantamweight match-up between Cory Sandhagen and T.J. Dillashaw go down in the main event. Sandhagen is the topmost contender of the division. Dillashaw, on the other hand, is a former two-time bantamweight champion. However, he is unranked as he is making his return to the Octagon after a two-year suspension.

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Sandhagen has won all but one of his fights in the UFC. This loss came to the current champion, Aljamain Sterling. Following that defeat, his last two performances inside the Octagon were a measure of his true talent. A wheel kick knockout of Marlon Moraes and a flying-knee finish against Frankie Edgar are worthy of being a part of any highlight-reel.

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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)

Dillashaw, on the other hand, suffered a knockout loss against Henry Cejudo in his last fight in 2019. He has won 4 out of his last 5 fights inside the Octagon. Two knockout wins over Cody Garbrandt have been his most recent triumphs in the promotion.

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Sandhagen has a professional record of 14-2. 6 T/KO and 3 submission finishes make up his finishing tally of 9. Dillashaw’s record is an impressive 16-4. He has a total of 11 finishes under his belt. 8 T/KO and 3 submission wins comprise those numbers for the former champion.

Cory Sandhagen vs T.J. Dillashaw: Analysis

Sandhagen has taken a fresh approach to his game lately. Rather than having a feeling-out process, he goes in for the kill right away. Also, his length and reach pose a problem for every opponent he faces inside the Octagon.

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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)

Dillashaw is a complete fighter with pure technical striking and dominant grappling skills. He certainly has a wrestling advantage over ‘Sandman’. However, the real test will be whether he can get inside Sandhagen’s length to use that weapon.

The fight is very evenly balanced, but Sandhagen has the momentum. Hence, he might just be too sharp at the moment for Dillashaw. He can catch Dillashaw off-guard early and get a finish. However, Dillashaw can get better of any fighter on his day.

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Final Prediction: Cory ‘Sandman‘ Sandhagen by first-round T/KO.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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