T.J. Dillashaw not long ago produced the request for a shot at Greatest Combating Championship (UFC) Bantamweight title on returning from a two-12 months suspension. It was a bold transfer on quite a few fronts, especially given that he was set on ice for testing good for Erythropoietin (EPO), a little something T.J. openly admitted to getting.
And whilst he by no means shed his 135-pound strap, he is coming of a knockout reduction to previous Flyweight winner, Henry Cejudo, in a 125-pound title struggle. Continue to, even with acquiring individuals two significant strikes in opposition to him “Viper” feels he’s the genuine champion and warrants the probability to struggle for it once more in his initially struggle back again.
Meanwhile, the 135-pound division has been chugging alongside without the need of Dillashaw, as the bodyweight class has a new winner in the type of Petr Yan, and new contenders in the variety of Rob Font, Aljamain Sterling and Cory Sandhagen, as effectively as top rated contenders Cody Garbrandt and Frankie Edgar.
As far as Sandhagen is concerned, Dillashaw needs to acquire at minimum one combat to get back into the championship blend, expressing if any person deserves the future title battle it really should be him if he can get a gain above Frankie Edgar.
“I assume it is gotta be a title shot, if it will make sense in my head. Which is why I took the fight more than anything at all,” Sandhagen told SCMP MMA (through Middle Uncomplicated). “I imagine if I beat Frankie and I retain myself chaotic, and I never play this game of ‘Oh I’m the quantity two male so I are entitled to it immediately after that.’ I’m not heading to engage in that match with the UFC.
“I required to remain busy, I required a huge identify, I needed another person that is good, and Edgar’s it I feel TJ unquestionably requirements a get around one particular of these leading fellas too, in advance of he arrives again and fights for a belt,” Sandhagen additional. “I heard him say he’s participating in the fiscally safe card, and ‘I’ll wait for a title shot,’ this and that. We’ve been putting in perform though you’ve been gone. So that would sort of be a bummer if they just gave it to him.”
Without a doubt, Considering that Dillashaw has been suspended, Sandhagen has earned a 3-1 mark inside the Octagon, with his lone loss coming in opposition to No. 1 contender, Aljamain Sterling.
Considering the fact that Yan and Sterling are likely to settle their business in a title battle later this calendar year, that leaves Dillashaw with one more prolonged hold out if he opts to marketing campaign for a shot at the title. He can constantly continue to be active by going through possibly Jose Aldo or Rob Font.
As significantly as Sandhagen goes, he is in line to experience Edgar at at approaching UFC Struggle Night function on Feb. 6, 2021.