The last time we saw TJ Dillashaw in the Octagon it was in January 2019. Henry Cejudo knocked him out in the first round of the flyweight title dispute. He was champion of the rooster and that route was going to continue … but the USADA notified a positive in EPO. He received a two-year sanction. He accepted it, did not show himself and continued working. Now, days before returning to action this Saturday, the American once again admits his mistake, although he also tries to remove the doubts that now arise about him. “If I thought I got somewhere because of EPO, I wouldn’t be asking for Cory Sandhagen or a top5. I’m going to be an animal when I go back to the cage. I made a mistake. I was wrong. Being able to live with that, admit it, that has been easy, “he said before playing the main event at UFC Las Vegas 32.
Bantamweight No.2 Cory Sandhagen awaits this Saturday. It will be a tough fight, but Dillashaw is confident. “It was my only chance to stay in the UFC. I had to accept it, but I think it is a rival that favors me“He added in the previous one. We will have to see him, because there are many doubts about him. The main one is the passage of time. At 35, being unemployed for more than two years is a long time. Furthermore, his return has been delayed for two months. He was injured within days of the first date. Was more preparation better for you? We will have to see it. He has never stopped training (his work group includes, among others, former Bellator champion Juan Archuelta), but the competition is different and he may choke.
The American, before falling against Cejudo, came from four consecutive victories (two of them by title), but that is the past. It has a lot at stake. For its part, Sandhagen is in his prime. At 29 he is in his prime and arrives after defeating Moraes and Edgar. Another victory could lead to the title and more looking back. He has lost one of his last ten fights and that stumble was against division champion Sterling. The victory would leave him with the rematch in sight, but Dillashaw is at the same point. It has been marked “get your title back at the end of the year”. There is equality on paper although the moment puts the favorite poster to Sandhagen. You must prove it to a fighter with similar characteristics. Two complete fighters with an important punch. All for the all in Las Vegas.