UFC Fight Night: Cory Sandhagen vs TJ Dillashaw Live Stream

When highly ranked bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen faces off with two-time former champion TJ Dillashaw on Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas, the five-round main event won't be the first time the two 135-pound fighters have squared off.  

Dillashaw (16-4), who returns for the first time since 2019 following a two-year USADA suspension that saw him stripped of his title, previously used Sandhagen (14-2) as a sparring partner ahead of his 2016 title loss to Dominick Cruz by split decision.  

The circumstances for the two fighters then compared to now couldn't be anymore contrasting. Dillashaw was fresh off a demolition of former champion Renan Barao in their rematch that served as the second defense of Dillashaw's initial bantamweight title reign. Sandhagen, then just 23, was a mere handful of months removed from his pro debut on the regional scene in North Dakota.  

The results of sparring have produced wildly different recollections from spectators who were present inside the Colorado gym where Dillashaw was training. Even the fighters themselves seem to remember what took place very differently. 

 



Fight card, odds



  • Cory Sandhagen -200 vs. TJ Dillashaw +170, bantamweights
  • Kyler Phillips -280 vs. Raulian Paiva +230, bantamweights
  • Darrick Minner -150 vs. Darren Elkins +125, featherweights
  • Miranda Maverick -150 vs. Maycee Barber +125, women's flyweights
  • Adrian Yanez  -230 vs. Randy Costa +190, bantamweights

UFC Fight Night viewing information



Date: July 24 | Start time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: UFC Apex -- Las Vegas
TV Channel: ESPN | Stream: fuboTV (try for free)



Prediction 


The close betting odds reflect just how much potential this fight has to become an absolute thriller.  

On paper, Sandhagen's length mixes well with his unorthodox striking patterns and strong submission grappling to represent a particularly horrible style matchup for Dillashaw, regardless of the layoff. At the same time, it might be tempting to forget just how dominant Dillashaw was over a six-year run in which he went 12-2 with two disputed defeats via split decision and was in consideration for the title of best 135-pound fighter in the sport's history.  

Dillashaw has the combination of speed and power to offset his physical disadvantages and a top game capable of taking over fights with his wrestling. While very few 35-year-old fighters typically remain among elite fighters in a division like bantamweight that is so reliant upon speed, Dillashaw has also stayed free from damage the past two years while undergoing surgery on both shoulders



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