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.

Cody Garbrandt focused on becoming a two-division UFC champion

This weekend at UFC Vegas 27, former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt (12-3) returns in the main event. Garbrandt is taking on the surging contender Rob Font (18-4) in a pivotal matchup for the bantamweight division.

The last year has been really difficult for the former UFC champion. Garbrandt last fought at UFC 250 last June where he knocked out Raphael Assuncao in the second round with a savage right hand.

It was a massive win for Garbrandt who snapped a three-fight losing streak with that win. After the win, Garbrandt came out and said that he was going to drop to flyweight and challenge for the UFC‘s flyweight title.

The promotion booked him against the champion Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1) at UFC 255. However, after a battle with COVID, Garbrandt had to pull out of the fight. Figueiredo ended up defeating Alex Perez that night and fought to a draw a few weeks later against Brandon Moreno (18-5-2).

At UFC 263, Figueiredo and Moreno will rematch after their first fight was scored a draw. That delayed Garbrandt’s chances at the flyweight title and as a result, he decided to stay at bantamweight to fight Rob Font.

The former UFC champion now finds himself in a unique spot. If he wins on Saturday, he could be one of the first in line to fight for the bantamweight title. However, he also could be the next in line for the flyweight title after UFC 263.

Garbrandt’s two-division UFC dream

In speaking to the media this week prior to UFC Vegas 27, Garbrandt made it clear that he sees two titles in his future. He laid out a scenario in which he can become a two-division champion in the next year.

Garbrandt pointed out the fact that if he wins Saturday and the winner of Figueiredo/Moreno comes out clean, he could fight the winner in a few months. That would be his chance to capture the UFC flyweight title.

If that were to happen, Garbrandt could then move back up to challenge the bantamweight champion. Champion Aljamain Sterling (20-3) and Petr Yan (15-2) are expected to rematch in the fall after Sterling won the title by DQ at UFC 259.

TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen are fighting in July and the winner of that matchup might be next. However, Garbrandt could be the second in line after Sandhagen/Dillashaw.

If “No Love” wins at UFC Vegas 27 then drops down to become the flyweight champion, he very well could fight for the bantamweight title next year. It’s a steep ask, but Garbrandt seems up to the challenge. You can see his full pre-fight media scrum below.

UFC rebooks headliner between TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen

The UFC has rebooked one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the summer. MMA Junkie was the first to report this evening that the promotion has landed on a new date for the headliner between TJ Dillashaw (16-4) and Cory Sandhagen (14-2).

The matchup will not headline the UFC‘s Fight Night on July 24th. Originally, the two were supposed to headline a Fight Night on May 8th. This matchup was being looked at as a bantamweight title eliminator.

However, Dillashaw suffered a nasty cut in training and the fight was called off. Since then, the UFC has been working towards a new date and tonight, the deal was finalized for July 24th.

With a title shot off the table for Cory Sandhagen, the next best thing in this shot against TJ Dillashaw. He’s getting to fight the UFC former champion with a title shot on the line.

The Sandman has seen his stock rise a ton over the past few months. After a slipup against Aljamain Sterling back at UFC 250, Sandhagen scored highlight reel knockouts over Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar.

Knocking out the former UFC lightweight champion in the manner that he did really showed people how good Sandhagen is. Now, he’s going to get the fight that he wanted in taking on the returning TJ Dillashaw.

Dillashaw’s UFC return

After two and a half years away, TJ Dillashaw is finally returning to the octagon. The former UFC bantamweight champion came off of a suspension that ended in January which kept him away since January 2019.

Dillashaw never lost his title inside the octagon. The former champion was forced to relinquish the title after he popped for EPO after his failed attempt to become a two-division UFC champion against Henry Cejudo.

Dillashaw said that he took it to assist with his energy levels as he was trying to make 125 pounds. He insists that he’s never taken it before. However, there have been a lot of questions regarding Dillashaw’s potential use of EPO prior to the Cejudo fight.

With that, many are wondering just how good TJ Dillashaw is. Well, the former UFC champion gets the opportunity to show the world on May 8th. If he comes out and dominates Cory Sandhagen while passing all drug tests, that will say a lot about how good TJ Dillashaw really is.

UFC: TJ Dillashaw – Cory Sandhagen is off; Michelle Waterson – Marina Rodriguez to headline May 8th card

The UFC return of TJ Dillashaw (16-4) is going to take a little longer. The former bantamweight champion took to Instagram tonight to announce that he suffered a bad cut during training and his main event against Cory Sandhagen is off (14-2).

The fight was scheduled to headline the UFC‘s Fight Night on May 8th. Dillashaw said in the post that they are working on rebooking the fight as soon as possible. It’s likely we will see the fight in either late May or early June depending on how the cut heals.

This fight had extreme importance in the UFC‘s bantamweight division. This was being looked at as a title eliminator and it still likely will be. Originally, the UFC was planning on having the winner of this fight face the winner of the Petr Yan – Aljamain Sterling fight.

However, after Sterling won by DQ, things took at turn. The promotion started working on the rematch, but Sterling opted for neck surgery which will keep him out of action until near the end of the year.

The UFC was supposedly kicking the tires on having Dillashaw or Sandhagen fight Yan for an interim title depending on how Sterling was recovering. Ultimately, that might still happen, but a lot will depend on Dillashaw’s recovery.

New UFC main event

With Dillashaw out of the fight, the UFC has shifted their attention to a new headliner. According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the front runner for the new headlining fight is Michelle Waterson (18-8) – Marina Rodriguez (13-1-2).

Waterson last fought in September in a main event against Angela Hill. That night, those two stole the show and Waterson walked away with a split decision victory.

We last saw Marina Rodriguez at UFC 257 when she took on Amanda Ribas. Ribas had a ton of momentum heading into that fight, but Rodriguez stopped it all with a TKO in the second round. This should be a fantastic matchup and a very important one for the strawweight division.

UFC: Aljamain Sterling to have neck surgery which will sideline him until the end of the year

UFC fans are going to have to wait for the rematch between Aljamain Sterling (20-3) and Petr Yan (15-2). The bantamweight champion told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that he’s set for neck surgery on April 15th.

The surgery is to address a medical issue that Sterling has apparently been dealing with for the past ten years. There had been whispers of a summer rematch between Sterling and Yan, but that is now off the table. Sterling won the title by disqualification last month.

The UFC champion told ESPN, “They told me I will heal in three months, and can start doing cardio to get myself ready. They wouldn’t want to see me take a fight until they see everything has fused in my neck correctly. Five months would be ideal.”

Sterling went on to say that he doesn’t believe that the UFC should make an interim title. He pointed out that Yan went the same amount of time between winning the title and their matchup at UFC 259.

What’s next for the UFC?

Sterling told ESPN that in an ideal world he would defend his title in either late October or early November. So, what does the UFC do and will Petr Yan sit on the sidelines for that amount of time?

I’m really not sure what’s going to happen because this surgery screws up the entire timeline. The UFC wanted Sterling and Yan to rematch in the summer. The plan was to have the winner of TJ Dillashaw – Cory Sandhagen fight for the title in the fall.

However, with Sterling out, all bets are off. If I had to guess, I think the UFC is going to make an interim title. I could be dead wrong, but something tells me that they will.

My guess is that the winner of TJ Dillashaw – Cory Sandhagen will fight Petr Yan in the summer for the interim title. The winner of that matchup would then fight Sterling for the undisputed UFC title in the fall. Might not make sense to Sterling, but that’s the direction I think the promotion goes in.