A bantamweight fight between Cory Sandhagen and T.J. Dillashaw will highlight UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw on Saturday, July 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be the first fight for Dillashaw in more than two years and he is almost a 2-1 underdog in this fight. Sandhagen is 14-2 in his career, while Dillashaw is 16-4. There are a total of six fights on the main card of UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw and six preliminary bouts, with all of the fights being shown on ESPN and ESPN+. Let’s look at the bout between Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw and UFC predictions.
UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw takes place at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 24 with six fights on the main card and six preliminary bouts, with all of the fights on ESPN and ESPN+.
UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw Betting
Cory Sandhagen (14-2, 7-1 UFC)
Sandhagen came into the UFC with a record of 7-1 and he has seven wins and one loss in the UFC. In his last five fights he is 4-1. He is coming off a knockout win against Frankie Edgar in February. Sandhagen won by TKO against Marlon Moraes last October, he lost to Aljamain Sterling in June of last year, won a unanimous decision against Raphael Assuncao in August of 2019 and won a split decision against John Lineker in April of 2019. Sandhagen has been a pro since 2015 and he has six wins by knockout and three by submission. He has six first round finishes.
T.J. Dillashaw (16-4, 12-4 UFC)
Dillashaw came into the UFC with a record of 4-0 and he has 12 wins and four losses in the UFC. He is 4-1 in his last five fights. His last fight came in January of 2019 when he lost by TKO to Henry Cejudo. Dillashaw won by knockout against Cody Garbrandt in August of 2018, won by TKO against Garbrandt in November of 2017, won a unanimous decision against John Lineker in December of 2016 and won a unanimous decision against Raphael Assuncao in July of 2016. Dillashaw has been a pro since 2010 and he has eight wins by TKO/KO and three by submission. He has five first round finishes.
The question in this fight is what version of Dillashaw are we going to get. He has not fought in more than two years, as he was suspended for two years after testing positive for EPO. Dillashaw didn’t deny the use and he has served his penalty. He also said to the media that EPO didn’t give him a huge edge. “If I thought I got somewhere due to PEDs, I wouldn’t be calling out Cory Sandhagen,” Dillashaw said to the media, “I wouldn’t be asking for the top five.”
Dillashaw realizes he is going to get a lot of talk from his opponents and the media about his past EPO use. “No matter what, it’s gonna be like that,” Dillashaw said to the media, “I made the mistake.”
Strikes landed per minute: Sandhagen 6.85 / Dillashaw 5.37
Striking Accuracy: Sandhagen 48% / Dillashaw 41%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Sandhagen 3.89 / Dillashaw 3.03
Defense: Sandhagen 59% / Dillashaw 65%
Takedown average: Sandhagen 1.07 / Dillashaw 1.68
Takedown Accuracy: Sandhagen 50% / Dillashaw 37%
Takedowns defended: Sandhagen 30% / Dillashaw 86%
Submission average: Sandhagen 0.5 / Dillashaw 1.0
I am a little surprised at the odds on this fight. I know Sandhagen is a good fighter, but Dillashaw was a title contender before he was suspended. If Dillashaw comes back in prime shape and in top form I think he wins this fight. The UFC seems to be preparing for a Dillashaw win, as they are trying to get past this EPO stuff from Dillashaw and looking to the future. I will take the plus price on Dillashaw and expect him to get the win in what should be an entertaining main event.
UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw Card & Odds
Bantamweight - TJ Dillashaw +150 vs. Cory Sandhagen -190
Women's Bantamweight - Macy Chiasson +158 vs. Aspen Ladd -200
Bantamweight - Randy Costa +172 vs. Adrian Yanez -220
Middleweight - Brendan Allen -110 vs. Punahele Soriano -120
Bantamweight - Raulian Paiva +217 vs. Kyler Phillips -285
Women's Flyweight - Maycee Barber +105 vs. Miranda Maverick -135
Welterweight - Jordan Williams -170 vs. Mickey Gall +135
Middleweight - Nassourdine Imavov +124 vs. Ian Heinisch -155
Bantamweight - Julio Arce -195 vs. Andre Ewell +154
Featherweight - Darrick Minner -165 vs. Darren Elkins +131
Women's Flyweight - Elise Reed +251 vs. Sijara Eubanks -335
Women's Strawweight - Diana Belbita -105 vs. Hannah Goldy -125
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