After coming up short at UFC Vegas 44, what’s next for Rob Font?

This past weekend at UFC Vegas 44, we saw a pivotal matchup in the bantamweight division. Top contenders went head-to-head as Rob Font (19-5) took on former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (31-7) in the main event.

When the fight started, I was incredibly impressed with Rob Font. Font immediately put his foot on the gas to try and make Aldo uncomfortable. There have been questions regarding Aldo’s gas tank throughout his career and Font was looking to expose that.

Late in the first round, Aldo was already bleeding from his nose. Font was frustrating him with his pace and pressure. However, everything changed once Aldo connected near the end of the first round.

Aldo was able to rock and drop Font and the feel of the fight completely shifted. Heading into UFC Vegas 44, I picked Aldo due to the power advantage. However, even I didn’t think it would be so destructive in terms of the impact it had on Font.

It appeared that every time Aldo hit Font cleanly, it hurt him. As a result, Aldo walked to a lopsided decision victory at UFC Vegas 44. That said, it’s worth noting that the fight was much closer than the scorecards would indicate.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 44?

As mentioned, Rob Font looked really good in spots at UFC Vegas 44. His boxing looked crisp and his cardio was on point. However, he just had no answer for the power and speed of Aldo whenever Aldo would fire back at him.

Fortunately for Font, there are a few things he can tighten up to get past this and I think he will. This isn’t the last you’ve seen of Rob Font. With that in mind, what should the UFC do with Rob Font after his loss to Jose Aldo?

I think the stars align for a matchup between Font and Cory Sandhagen (14-4). Both of these contenders are near the very top of the division, but both have lost their most recent fight. The promotion should pair these two together and whoever wins could jump right back into a title eliminator matchup.

Petr Yan defeats Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267

In the co-main event of UFC 267, we saw a battle for the interim bantamweight title. Former bantamweight champion Petr Yan (15-2) was trying to regain some gold as he took on “The Sandman” Cory Sandhagen (14-3).

This matchup came together after the champion, Aljamain Sterling, wasn’t cleared to compete following neck surgery. Yan lost the title to Sterling back at UFC 259 in an extremely controversial manner. The former champion was completely dominating the latter half of the fight.

However, an illegal knee caused the fight to end and Sterling won the UFC title by DQ. It was also the first UFC loss for Yan who had started out a perfect 7-0 inside the octagon on his way to capturing the title.

Cory Sandhagen would have likely had a title shot against Yan earlier this year had Yan not lost by DQ. He was the clear number one contender, but was forced to sit on the sidelines waiting his turn. The UFC decided to book Sandhagen against TJ Dillashaw.

Dillashaw won a razor close split decision, but suffered a knee injury due to a heel hook attempt by Sandhagen. With Dillashaw out and the fight having been razor close, the UFC opted for Sandhagen as Yan’s challenger.

UFC 267 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 267 co-main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Yan immediately takes the center as Sandhagen circles along the outside. Nice leg kick lands for Sandhagen. Good jab for Sandhagen as well. Powerful low kick from Yan finds it’s home.

Good right hand for Sandhagen who looks really sharp here early on. Powerful leg kick from Sandhagen nearly spins around Yan. Another jab and leg kick lands for Sandhagen. Massive left hook just misses from Yan.

Yan turning up the pressure a little but Sandhagen immediately retakes the center with a big hook to the body. Body kick lands for Yan and Sandhagen counters with a combination to the body. Another leg kick lands for Sandhagen.

Good combination from Sandhagen and then Sandhagen gets a body lock on Yan. Yan walks to the cage and is able to separate. Another good combination lands for Sandhagen. Powerful body kick lands for Petr Yan. Both men exchange big leg kicks.

Sandhagen doubling up on the jab. Early on the reach is a massive advantage for Sandhagen. Body kick from Sandhagen. Lead left hook and jab lands for Sandhagen. Lots of pressure from Sandhagen who shoots for another takedown.

Big elbow lands for the former UFC champion. Calf kick from Yan lands just as the round ends. Great first round for The Sandman at UFC 267.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC 267 and the momentum is definitely with Sandhagen. Yan takes the center again to start the second. Body kick from Yan opens up the striking. Powerful leg kick from Yan lands. Another big body klick from Yan who is opening up more.

Sandhagen pushes forward and looks for a combination. Powerful rip to the body from Yan. Sandhagen unleashes his own shot to the body. Yan lands a body kick but Sandhagen again counters with a beautiful shot to the body.

Nice hook lands for Sandhagen and Yan counters with a leg kick. Body kick from Yan then he goes to the leg. Big left hook over the top from Petr Yan. Sandhagen is definitely slower here in the second round. Another big left lands for Petr Yan.

Sandhagen pushes forward and tries to get it back with his own big left hand. Huge combination from Yan lands just after. Nasty body kick from Petr Yan lands and Sandhagen opens up his hands to counter. Big takedown attempt from Sandhagen is stuffed by Yan.

Big elbow on the break from Yan. Sandhagen missing a lot more here in the second round as Yan plots forward. Nice left hand lands for Yan. Sandhagen landed some decent shots but round two at UFC 267 was all about Petr Yan.

Round 3

I have it all even after two here at UFC 267. Yan takes the center again to start the third. Sandhagen is the one that starts the striking in this round with a nice combination. Nice spinning back kick to the body lands for Yan.

Sandhagen with a nice leg kick. Left straight lands for Yan and Sandhagen responds with a straight shot of his own. Hand fighting in the center and both men looking for an opening. Huge rip to the body for Yan. 1-2 lands for Sandhagen.

Both men displaying really good defense here in the second. Big uppercut lands for Yan and he lands a nice straight behind it. Sandhagen tries to answer but Yan’s defense is clean. Yan pushes forward and lands a couple of additional big shots on Sandhagen.

Sandhagen looks for his jab as he circles. Another big combination lands for Yan and Sandhagen tries to respond but nothing home. Massive body kick from Yan and then he follows it with a combination that drops Sandhagen.

Yan is all over him here and Sandhagen is trying to survive. A scramble finds Sandhagen on top but Yan scrambles and they are back to standing. Round comes to a close and it’s 2-1 Yan at UFC 267.

Round 4

Entering the fourth at UFC 267 and Sandhagen needs to get some momentum back. Yan pushes forward immediately to start the fourth round. Sandhagen working his feints and lands a really nice straight right hand.

Yan counters with a big combination of his own. Sandhagen going back to his jabs which seems to be working here in the fourth. However, Yan is blasting him back with massive power, but Sandhagen is taking it well.

Clean counter lands for the former champion. Yan pressuring Sandhagen against the fence then unloads with a combination. Sandhagen is really starting to get busted up by Yan here in the fourth round.

Sandhagen shoots in for a takedown and is able to get Yan down. He tries for a heel hook but Yan slips right out and they are back to striking. Once they are, Yan really starts turning it on. Huge shots up top and huge shots to the body lands for Yan.

Sandhagen is looking hurt to me here in the fourth round. Another massive combination from Yan lands and Sandhagen is starting to swell up. Huge shot lands for Yan which forces a Sandhagen shot. Yan is in complete control here. The round ends and it’s 3-1 Yan at UFC 267.

Round 5

Entering the final round and Cory Sandhagen needs a finish at UFC 267. Yan immediately moves forward again to start the fifth. Sandhagen looks a little more fresh here in the fifth as he starts to work his jab.

Two good left hooks land for Yan and he spins Sandhagen with a low kick. Sandhagen looks for a flying knee but doesn’t come close. Big shot lands for Yan. Body kick lands for Yan and Sandhagen circles on the outside.

Yan plotting forward and looks for big shots but Sandhagen dodges well. Sandhagen looks much better here in the final round. Nice combination lands for Sandhagen. Huge head kick from Yan lands right on the chin and Sandhagen just eats it.

Sandhagen pushes forward and rips to the body to counter. Nice uppercut lands for Yan as Sandhagen circles. Another good combination from Yan. Body kick from Sandhagen and Yan again plots forward. Big spinning back fist lands for Yan then he lands a clean left straight.

Nice knee from Sandhagen and these two just throw down as the final round comes to a close. Insane fight and Petr Yan should be getting UFC gold wrapped around his waste.

Petr Yan def. Cory Sandhagen by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

UFC 267 Preview: Petr Yan – Cory Sandhagen

Tomorrow in the co-main event of UFC 267, we will see a battle for the interim bantamweight title. Former bantamweight champion Petr Yan (15-2) will try to regain some gold as he takes on “The Sandman” Cory Sandhagen (14-3).

This matchup came together after the champion, Aljamain Sterling (20-3), wasn’t cleared to compete following neck surgery. Yan lost the title to Sterling back at UFC 259 in an extremely controversial manner. The former champion was completely dominating the latter half of the fight.

However, an illegal knee caused the fight to end and Sterling won the UFC title by DQ. It was also the first UFC loss for Yan who had started out a perfect 7-0 inside the octagon on his way to capturing the title.

Cory Sandhagen would have likely had a title shot against Yan earlier this year had Yan not lost by DQ. He was the clear number one contender, but was forced to sit on the sidelines waiting his turn. The UFC decided to book Sandhagen against TJ Dillashaw.

Dillashaw won a razor close split decision, but suffered a knee injury due to a heel hook attempt by Sandhagen. With Dillashaw out and the fight having been razor close, the UFC opted for Sandhagen as Yan’s challenger.

UFC 267 Prediction

In Sandhagen’s last fight, I was incredibly impressed with how well he did on the feet. He was able to use his length to strike well from distance and even hurt TJ Dillashaw a couple of times. His range striking could come into play at UFC 267.

His ground skills are also something to watch out for tomorrow. However, it’s going to be incredibly tough stopping Petr Yan. Yan is the kind of fighter who gets better and better as the fight goes on. I’m expecting success early from Sandhagen until Yan figures things out.

If Yan can survive early, which I’m expecting, I think he’s going to really pour it on late at UFC 267. Yan won his first title on Fight Island and he’s going to win another tomorrow as I’m expecting him to flourish later in the fight and pick up a late stoppage.

Prediction: Petr Yan by TKO – Round 5

UFC books interim title fight between Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen

UFC 267 has a new co-main event. Over the weekend we learned that bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (20-3) was out of his title defense against Petr Yan (15-2) next month on Fight Island.

Sterling had next surgery earlier in the year and was trying to make his comeback to defend against Yan. Yan lost the title to Sterling back at UFC 259. The title change was controversial considering Sterling won by disqualification in a fight he was clearly losing.

Due to the nature of the fight, the UFC decided to run things back immediately. However, Sterling is going to need more time as doctors wouldn’t clear him to defend his title next month.

The promotion wanted to move forward with an interim title fight that featured Yan. The first choice was TJ Dillashaw (17-4). Dillashaw is ranked right behind Yan and just returned in July.

The former UFC champion defeated Cory Sandhagen (14-3) in his return, however, the fight was razor close. During the fight, Dillashaw suffered a knee injury which required surgery. With him still recovering, he wasn’t an option.

Sandhagen’s UFC Title Shot

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the news today that Sandhagen will now be getting a shot at Yan for the interim title at UFC 267. Sandhagen was the favorite for a title shot after he knocked out Frankie Edgar with a flying knee earlier in 2021.

However, after the UFC 259 result between Yan and Sterling, Sandhagen was forced to take a fight with Dillashaw. While two scorecards went for Dillashaw, many believe that Sandhagen won the fight. Now, due to two injuries, Sandhagen is getting his UFC title shot that many believe he deserved all along.

Before the Dillashaw loss, Sandhagen had gone 7-1 in the UFC with his lone loss coming against Aljamain Sterling. Sandhagen is looked at as someone who will definitely be a UFC champion at some point in his career.

He has all the tools and physical attributes to become a champion it’s just a matter of putting it all together. Now, he’s going to have his chance to do it. This is a fantastic fight and in my opinion, UFC 267 just got a lot more interesting.

After being edged out at UFC Vegas 32, what’s next for Cory Sandhagen?

This past Saturday in the main event at UFC Vegas 32, we saw an instant classic in the bantamweight division. Former champion TJ Dillashaw (17-4) made his return as he took on the surging top contender Cory Sandhagen (14-3).

Heading into UFC Vegas 32, this was one of the most highly anticipated main events of the year. Dillashaw’s return combined with the rise of Sandhagen created a lot of intrigue around this main event.

Before the fight, I was expecting Sandhagen to pick up the win, but in a razor close fight. I just figured that he would be a bit sharper with having fought so much and I also just figured it was his time to shine.

TJ Dillashaw proved to be just as good as he was when he was champion on Saturday night. At UFC Vegas 32, Cory Sandhagen definitely did more damage overall when it comes to the striking.

However, Dillashaw did a great job of exploding when he needed to and utilizing a lot of control along the fence. Heading into the final round, it was truly anyone’s fight. I gave the final round to Dillashaw, but in reality, nobody lost at UFC Vegas 32.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 32?

Ultimately, two judges gave the fight to Dillashaw and he got the split decision win. However, as I said, there really wasn’t a loser on Saturday night. Yes, Sandhagen walked away with a loss on his record.

However, the match makers have already told him that he’s still only one win away from a title shot. While Dillashaw is getting the title shot next, Sandhagen is in virtually the exact same position as he was in before UFC Vegas 32.

So with that in mind, what’s next for The Sandman? To me, there’s only one fight that makes sense and it’s the fight the UFC should make. Cory Sandhagen needs to fight Rob Font (19-4) next.

Font has won four fights in a row and he’s ranked in the top five. Like Sandhagen, Font appears only one win away from earning a UFC title shot. The easy answer here is to have these two fight and the winner would get a title shot sometime in 2022.

After huge win at UFC Vegas 32, what’s next for TJ Dillashaw?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 32, we saw the return of the former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (17-4). Dillashaw was taking on arguably the best bantamweight in the division in Cory Sandhagen (14-3) in his return.

Sandhagen stumbled against UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (20-3), however, he bounced back strong. Back-to-back knockouts had everyone believing that Sandhagen was on a war path to the UFC bantamweight title.

TJ Dillashaw never lost the bantamweight title inside the octagon. Dillashaw relinquished the belt after he tested positive for EPO and was suspended for two years. In reality, nobody really knew what to expect from the former UFC champion.

Given Dillashaw’s talent and skill, I figured he’d give Sandhagen a very good fight. However, I figured that Sandhagen would be a bit sharper and edge Dillashaw in a close one at UFC Vegas 32.

For the most part, that prediction looked really good. Through four rounds, I had the fight even. I leaned every so slightly towards Dillashaw in the final frame, but there’s no questioning the fact that Sandhagen did more damage over five rounds at UFC Vegas 32.

There was going to be no robbery either way in this one. Ultimately, two of the three judges gave the fight to Dillashaw and the former UFC champion successfully returned to the octagon.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 32?

After his win on Saturday night, TJ Dillashaw jumped right to the top of the UFC rankings at bantamweight. The only men ranked above him are the champion and the former champion, Petr Yan (15-2).

Yan and Sterling will run things back at UFC 267 at the end of the October. This rematch is occurring because of the controversary ending to their first fight back in March. Yan was dominating the fight, but a blatant illegal knee by Yan forced the fight to stop.

Sterling was awarded the title by DQ and now hopefully we will get some clarity. Dillashaw hurt his knee at UFC Vegas 32 and is going to have to have surgery to repair some damage. That said, it shouldn’t keep him out too long.

In fact, it should line up perfectly with fighting the winner of the UFC 267 main event. With that in mind, there’s only one thing that’s next for TJ Dillashaw after Saturday night: a shot at the bantamweight title that he never lost inside the octagon.

UFC Vegas 32 Results: TJ Dillashaw edges Cory Sandhagen in an instant classic

In the main event of UFC Vegas 32, we saw one of the most highly anticipated main events of the year. Former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (16-4) returned after a two-year suspension and took on top contender Cory Sandhagen (14-2).

Just a few years ago, TJ Dillashaw was on top of the world. He was the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion with aspirations of becoming a two-division champion. He decided to drop to flyweight to try and realize that dream.

However, to assist with dropping weight and not losing energy, Dillashaw took EPO. EPO is a strong performance enhancer and the UFC informed him of the positive test after he lost to Cejudo in January of 2019. Dillashaw was then suspended for two years.

Upon his return, Dillashaw wanted to take on the best that the division had to offer and it didn’t get better than Cory Sandhagen. Since making his debut with the UFC, Sandhagen has gone an impressive 7-1.

The lone loss came against the current champion Aljamain Sterling. However, since that loss he’s bounced back with back-to-back knockouts over Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar.

UFC Vegas 32 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 32 main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Dillashaw immediately pushed forward with pressure as Sandhagen circled on the outside. Leg kick for Sandhagen starts the striking.

Body kick lands for Dillashaw. Dillashaw pushes forward with a combination. Nice right straight lands for Sandhagen. Sandhagen throws a flying knee that lands and Sandhagen gets Dillashaw in an inverted triangle choke.

It’s deep, but Dillashaw survives. The former UFC champion lands a few good shots and Sandhagen works his way up to his feet along the fence. Dillashaw holds the clinch while kneeing the thighs of Sandhagen.

Both men exchange big shots as they separate. Low kick for Sandhagen lands. Beautiful left hook lands for Dillashaw. Another good low kick from Sandhagen. Dillashaw lands two straight hands and he gets a body lock.

Sandhagen tries to roll, but Dillashaw ends up on top. Dillashaw is looking to land shots as Sandhagen attacks submissions. Big right lands for Dillashaw. Sandhagen attacks a leg and Dillashaw lands big shots as the round closes. Great round, and I lean 1-0 to the former UFC champion.

Round 2

The first round at UFC Vegas 32 was insanely close and incredibly competitive. They touch gloves to start the second round. Sandhagen starts the striking with a couple of nice jabs. Dillashaw pushes forward and shoots for a takedown.

The two clinch along the fence and Dillashaw is heavy on the pressure. Sandhagen separates and Dillashaw lands a big body kick on the break. Dillashaw’s leg might be compromised from the leg attacks in the first round.

Huge 1-2 lands for Sandhagen and Dillashaw shakes it off. Nice left hook lands for Dillashaw. Both exchange jabs and Dillashaw keeps pushing forward. Sandhagen drops Dillashaw with a big left hook.

Dillashaw shoots for a takedown. The two separate and Sandhagen seems to have found his range here in the second round. Dillashaw is busted open and Sandhagen is really taking control here.

Big flying knee for Sandhagen and he lands another combination after. Dillashaw tries to land a combination, but he’s out of range. Sandhagen continues to land, but Dillashaw gets to the clinch and gets a brief takedown. The round ends and it was a big round at UFC Vegas 32 for Sandhagen.

Round 3

Entering the third round here at UFC Vegas 32 and I think it’s even after two. They touch gloves and Dillashaw pushes forward with a left hand. Big combination lands for Dillashaw.

Nice straight shot lands for Sandhagen. However, Dillashaw looks much better here in the third. Both men exchange body kicks. Dillashaw pushes forward and gets the clinch along the fence.

Sandhagen defending well as Dillashaw tries to drag him to the ground. Good knees to the thighs from Dillashaw. Nice elbow from Sandhagen and they break. Huge right hand lands for Cory Sandhagen.

However, Dillashaw keeps pushing forward and he lands a nice combination. Another big right lands for Sandhagen. Heavy calf kick from Dillashaw buckles Sandhagen briefly.

Sandhagen tries a spinning kick, but Dillashaw catches him and takes him down. Dillashaw briefly gets the back, but Sandhagen gets back up. Both men exchange big shots, but Dillashaw lands the better of the combination.

The UFC Vegas 32 main event is advertised so far. Sandhagen tries for his own takedown, but Dillashaw defends perfectly. The round closes with Dillashaw controlling the clinch. I have it 2-1 Dillashaw here at UFC Vegas 32.

Round 4

Entering the fourth round at UFC Vegas 32  and this is really anybody’s fight. Dillashaw pushes forward and lands the first shots of the round. Big leg kicks from Dillashaw. Dillashaw seems to have really found his second wind here.

Huge kicks from Dillashaw and Sandhagen seems to be slowing a bit here. Dillashaw times an entry perfectly and gets a clinch on Sandhagen. Heavy pressure from the former champion here.

Sandhagen is able to break and Dillashaw lands another leg kick off the break. Sandhagen starts pressing forward and trying to work off his jab. Big left hook lands for Cory Sandhagen. Here comes The Sandman here in the fourth round.

Nice left hook for Dillashaw finds it’s home. Huge body shot for Sandhagen and Dillashaw forces another clinch. Dillashaw gets a brief takedown and immediately Sandhagen pops to his feet.

Sandhagen spins and the two men break. A couple of nice jabs land for Cory Sandhagen and Dillashaw gets another clinch while looking for a takedown. Sandhagen breaks again and they strike to end the round. Good round for both men, but I lean Sandhagen here at UFC Vegas 32.

Round 5

Entering the final round here at UFC Vegas 32 and I think it’s all even. Both touch gloves and here we go. Dillashaw goes right to work on the legs. Lots of pressure here from TJ Dillashaw to start the final frame.

Sandhagen lands a good shot, but Dillashaw counters with a big combination of his own. These two are trading here in the fifth. Beautiful 1-2 lands for the former champion. Sandhagen lands a good shot of his own.

Dillashaw times Sandhagen beautifully and he briefly lands a takedown. However, Sandhagen gets right back up. Dillashaw again gets deep on a takedown attempt, but can’t get him down.

Nice jabs from Sandhagen and Dillashaw counters with his own shots. Right hands land for Dillashaw and Sandhagen circles on the outside. Both exchange big shots. Huge hook to the body from Sandhagen.

Another takedown attempt from Dillashaw and he presses Sandhagen against the fence. Sandhagen breaks, but Dillashaw lands nicely on the break. Beautiful straight lands for Sandhagen.

Big left hand for Dillashaw and he chains that into a takedown attempt. Again, he can’t get him down. Big leg kick from Dillashaw and a big body shot from Sandhagen. These two are going back and forth here at UFC Vegas 32.

Dillashaw pushes forward with big shots. These two swing to the finish and what a fight! I lean TJ Dillashaw in the final round, but this fight could literally go to either man.

TJ Dillashaw def. Cory Sandhagen by Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

UFC Vegas 32 will be a defining moment for TJ Dillashaw

Tonight in the main event of UFC Vegas 32, we will see a pivotal matchup in the bantamweight division. Former undisputed champion TJ Dillashaw (16-4) will be making his return after a two-year suspension for performance enhancing drugs.

Standing in Dillashaw’s way at UFC Vegas 32 is top contender Cory Sandhagen (14-2). Sandhagen is being touted as a future UFC champion. To prove he’s still one of the best in the world, Dillashaw is going to have to defeat The Sandman.

Tonight is a big moment for TJ Dillashaw. Dillashaw was on top of the world just a few years ago. He was the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion and he was ranked in the top five in the pound-for-pound rankings.

People were already calling him the greatest bantamweight that’s ever lived. It seemed that he had cemented his legacy as a future UFC Hall of Famer. After Dillashaw defeated Cody Garbrandt for a second time, Dillashaw wanted to achieve history.

Dillashaw wanted to move down and fight Henry Cejudo for the UFC flyweight title. The bantamweight champion got that shot but ultimately came up short. However, he tested positive for EPO which is one of the worst PEDs you can test positive for.

UFC Vegas 32’s Defining Moment

After being notified of the positive result, Dillashaw relinquished the UFC bantamweight title. He was suspended and his entire legacy was thrown down the drain. Dillashaw had turned to EPO after struggling to maintain energy while cutting to 125 pounds.

Now, it’s worth noting that Dillashaw had never tested positive while he was UFC champion. However, it really doesn’t matter at the end of the day. Dillashaw will always have that dark cloud hanging over his legacy.

That said, UFC Vegas 32 is a moment of retribution for Dillashaw. Dillashaw has been honest and transparent about everything that has occurred with him. He immediately owned up to the mistake he made and detailed exactly what happened.

Now, he’s reinstated and he’s ready to regain his spot at the top of the sport. While Dillashaw will never be able to wipe away the stain of that EPO test, he can prove to the world that he didn’t need it to be a special fighter.

If TJ Dillashaw defeats Cory Sandhagen at UFC Vegas 32 after a two and a half year layoff, it says a lot about how special TJ Dillashaw is as a fighter. While a win would showcase his talent, it will also be a moment of sadness knowing the mistake he made was completely unnecessary.

UFC Vegas 32 Preview: Cory Sandhagen – TJ Dillashaw

Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 32, we will see one of the most highly anticipated main events of the year. Former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (16-4) is returning after a two-year suspension and is taking on top contender Cory Sandhagen (14-2).

Just a few years ago, TJ Dillashaw was on top of the world. He was the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion with aspirations of becoming a two-division champion. Dillashaw decided to drop to 125 pounds to challenge Henry Cejudo for the flyweight title to realize his dream.

However, to assist with dropping weight and not losing energy, Dillashaw took EPO. EPO is a strong performance enhancer and the UFC informed him of the positive test after he lost to Cejudo in January of 2019. Dillashaw was then suspended for two years.

Obviously, Dillashaw relinquished the title, but it’s worth noting that he never truly lost that belt in the octagon. That’s why he wanted to go right back to the top upon his return and it doesn’t get much better than The Sandman, Cory Sandhagen.

Since making his debut with the UFC, Sandhagen has gone an impressive 7-1. The lone loss came against the current champion Aljamain Sterling. However, since that loss he’s bounced back with back-to-back knockouts over Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar.

UFC Vegas 32 Prediction

The two men in the main event of UFC Vegas 32 are very familiar with each other. In fact, the two men used to train together and Dillashaw has sang the praises of Cory Sandhagen in the past. However, tomorrow night is all business.

It’s worth noting that at bantamweight in the UFC, Dillashaw has been close to perfect. After losing in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter, Dillashaw has gone 12-2 in the division. The two losses were razor close split decisions and most believe he definitely won the Assuncao fight.

However, there are a ton of questions surrounding Dillashaw. Two years of his prime are gone and now he’s coming back to take on the best that the UFC has to offer. Sandhagen really looks like he’s coming into his own and doesn’t look like he’s going to be an easy challenge.

I think we are going to see a razor close fight tomorrow night. I’m expecting to see a very good version of TJ Dillashaw, but I’m not convinced he gets it done here. I think we might be getting ready to enter the time of The Sandman.

Prediction: Cory Sandhagen by Unanimous Decision

After dominant win at UFC Vegas 27, what’s next for Rob Font?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 27, we saw a pivotal matchup in the bantamweight division. Former champion Cody Garbrandt (12-4) was taking on the surging Rob Font (19-4).

For the first time in a few years, Rob Font was fighting twice within a 12 month period. Font has been one of the brighter prospects in the UFC‘s bantamweight division, but for a while, he struggled to stay active.

However, he had won three in a row leading into UFC Vegas 27. One of those wins came over the current Bellator bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis. Font looked better than ever in his last outing against former title challenger Marlon Moraes.

He picked up the first round knockout and that win earned him a shot against the former UFC champion. However, Garbrandt was going to be a much steeper test. This was a great fight to see where Rob Font was in terms of the elite.

Well, Font looked sensational on Saturday night. The first round was very close with him getting taken down a couple of times, however, after that round, it was all Font. He dominated with his jab and lit Garbrandt up on his way to a dominant decision win at UFC Vegas 27.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 27?

While it’s a massive win for Rob Font, he didn’t move at all in this week’s UFC rankings. Font is locked in at the third spot behind Cory Sandhagen (14-2) and former champion Petr Yan.

Sandhagen is scheduled to face former UFC champion TJ Dillashaw (16-4) in July. That fight is being considered a likely title eliminator with the winner fighting the winner of the rematch between Yan and Aljamain Sterling.

Sterling and Yan are expected to run things back in the fall. With that, what’s next for Rob Font? Well, the UFC could have Font face the winner of Sandhagen – Dillashaw if the Sterling – Yan title fight takes a while to materialize.

That’s definitely an option for Font. Another option would be taking on former featherweight champion Jose Aldo (29-7) should Aldo win his next fight. Aldo is taking on Pedro Munhoz in August and if he wins that fight, a matchup with Font could make a lot of sense.