Former Supreme Combating Championship (UFC) bantamweight titleholder TJ Dillashaw hit for the cycle back again in early 2019. Not only did he get finished by flyweight kingpin Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Evening 143, he was also pressured to surrender his 135-pound strap and provide a two-12 months drug-test suspension after popping for EPO.
But now that his sentence is approximately served, it is not unreasonable to consider the 34 yr-old Dillashaw (16-4) can get himself again into the title race with a commanding general performance in early 2021. Except, of training course, anyone like Cory Sandhagen blows him out of the h2o.
“I certainly assume my No. 1 contender combat need to be in opposition to T.J. just since it would make the most feeling,” Sandhagen advised MMA Fighting. “I feel that I have a quite strong scenario now, and when T.J. comes again, he’s going to have a rather robust scenario. I’d adore to combat him and then appropriate immediately after that when the winner of Yan and Sterling are ready to go, combat just one of all those guys in the spring or sometime.”
The No. 2-ranked Sandhagen (13-2) has won six of 7 below the UFC banner, together with very last month’s technological knockout victory around Marlon Moraes. The Coloradan is undoubtedly a frontrunner to challenge the winner of Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling, who contend for “No Mercy’s” belt at UFC 256.
“This dude can be whatsoever juice he wants to be on or he can be schooling with the finest guys in the entire world, it doesn’t make a difference to me,” Sandhagen ongoing. “I’m continue to going to have self-confidence in myself and that’s exactly where I constantly put myself in advance of a struggle.”
Appears like UFC matchmakers will not have to work incredibly tough on this one particular.