TJ Dillashaw


Takes out top contender in return
July 24, 2021
Dillashaw defeated Cory Sandhagen via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Things were looking bad for Dillashaw early, as a flying knee cut him in the first round, and a punch above the eye opened a cavernous gash soon after. Dillashaw never stopped fighting, however, and was able to take rounds off of Sandhagen by breaking him down with constant pressure. The former champion also did a fantastic job attacking the lead leg of "Sandman" with thunderous kicks. When it was said and done, the decision went to Dillashaw, who called upon his grit and determination to survive when things were at their bleakest. While this decision was one of a few that were called into question on Saturday, Dillashaw spent no time entertaining the idea of a rematch, asking for a title shot or someone in the top-5 for his next opponent. Rough patches aside, the Dillashaw that was in the cage here looked very much like the man who was at the height of his powers before serving his suspension for PED use two years ago. It will only be big fights from here on out, meaning that we will learn quickly if the dominant version of TJ is back for good. He improves to 17-4 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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Gets new fight date
May 18, 2021
Dillashaw (forehead) will now take on Cory Sandhagen in a bantamweight at UFC Fight Night on July 24, reports.
Dillashaw was initially slated to take on Sandhagen in early May, but the fight was postponed after Dillashaw suffered a cut above his eye while training. Dillashaw recently completed a two-year suspension after he tested positive for EPO in 2019. He most recently lost to Henry Cejudo via TKO (punches) in January of 2019. Sandhagen defeated Frankie Edgar via KO (flying knee) in February of 2021 and has won his last two fights. Sandhagen has advantages in both height and reach.
Fight officially postponed
April 27, 2021
Dillashaw officially withdrew Tuesday from his scheduled bantamweight fight May 8 against Cory Sandhagen after suffering a cut above his eye while training and developing an infection, Ariel Helwani of reports.
After conflicting reports came out regarding the state of the fight, Dillashaw announced via his official Twitter account that he has to withdraw after suffering the laceration when he was on the receiving end of a head butt. Dillashaw will look to reschedule the fight with Sandhagen for a date in the near future, further delaying his return to the Octagon after he recently completed a two-year doping suspension. In the meantime, the UFC is looking at Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez to act as the substitute in the main event May 8.
Fight not officially postponed
April 27, 2021
Dillashaw's fight with Cory Sandhagen for May 8 has not been postponed officially, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
Reports surfaced earlier Tuesday that Dillashaw would postpone his fight with Sandhagen due to an infection caused by a laceration from training. According to Bohn, the fight is still on tentatively, though it remains in danger of being postponed. More information is expected to come out in the coming days regarding Dillashaw's condition, but at this time, he'll try to recover in time for the May 8 fight with Sandhagen.
Return to ring postponed
April 27, 2021
Dillashaw pulled out from his fight with Cory Sandhagen at UFC's Fight Night event scheduled for May 8 due to injury, Abhinav Kini of reports.
Dillashaw suffered a cut during training and will not fight May 8, and wants to push the bout to June. The UFC is working to find a new main event for May 8's UFC Fight Night event. After serving a two-year suspension for EPO, Dillashaw's return to the ring will have to wait a bit longer.
Fighting Sandhagen on May 8
March 18, 2021
Dillashaw will fight Cory Sandhagen at the UFC Event on May 8, Brett Okamoto of reports.
Dillashaw will make his long and awaited return to the ring in this one after serving his two-year suspension for testing positive for EPO. Dillashaw will carry a 16-4-0 recording into the fight. His counterpart, Sandhagen, most recently defeated Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Feb. 6.