Cory Sandhagen has been tapped to welcome previous UFC bantamweight winner TJ Dillashaw back to the Octagon. The two will headline a UFC Battle Evening function on May perhaps 8. Count Sandhagen’s teammate Curtis Blaydes amid those people believing he’s obtained what it takes to conquer the previous champ.
Talking at virtual media day for UFC Vegas 19 ahead of his heavyweight most important party towards Derrick Lewis, Blaydes picked Sandhagen to defeat Dillashaw.
When Blaydes was questioned at first, the fight was but to be scheduled. However, the bantamweight title eliminator in between the leading contenders and former teammates is now officially scheduled.
Blaydes is also a previous teammate of Dillashaw’s when he was nonetheless a member of Elevation MMA.
Nonetheless, the variety three rated heavyweight selected Sandhagen around the previous bantamweight champion.
“I feel that [fight] favors Cory. I do,” Blaydes said. “I know TJ’s incredibly highly effective. I know his resume simply because when I obtained to Elevation, TJ was there too.”
Dillashaw is established to make his return soon after a two-yr hiatus from preventing, which arrived as a consequence of a suspension because of to EPO use.
Curtis Blaydes breaks down Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw
Whilst Dillashaw is no longer a teammate of Blaydes, the heavyweight contender nonetheless gave the former 135-pound champ credit history in which it is thanks. But regardless of supplying Dillashaw his flowers, the no. 3 ranked heavyweight nonetheless favors Sandhagen.
“I know what [TJ]’s about. I know he’s a fantastic wrestler,” Blaydes said. “But Cory male, he delivers it all with each other. He is an MMA fighter. He’s received the jiu-jitsu, he’s bought excellent wrestling. He’s obtained the defensive wrestling, he’s acquired the offensive wrestling. He’s received head kicks, low kicks, human body kicks, jabs. He’s received it all.”
Although Dillashaw has reached the pinnacle of the activity, Blaydes simply does not see any holes in Sandhagen’s recreation.
“A bulk of fighters, there is normally a hole in their activity,” Blaydes stated. “Like me, my gap is head kicks. That’s a hole in my match. We’re performing on that. Cory? I don’t believe he has any holes. I believe he’s a finish MMA fighter and I think he’s bought so a lot of equipment in his instrument belt that I feel he can conquer TJ.”