Former 2X champion T.J. Dillashaw managed to get past a motivated Cory Sandhagen at last night’s UFC Vegas 32 main event.
So much mystery surrounded Dillashaw and how he would look after coming off a two-year suspension for banned substances. Since the former champ never lost his bantamweight belt in an actual fight, even Dillashaw admitted himself in the post-fight press conference that he believed his fight with Sandhagen was an informal title fight.
In what is becoming a common theme in his career, Dillashaw faced a lot of adversity en route to his controversial split-decision win. In fact, “The Sandman” set traps so nonchalantly that one of them caught the former champ by surprise. While Dillashaw credits the strike to a previous cut that forced him out of his initial booking with Sandhagen, it seems the two cuts are in different places. Either way, the former 2X bantamweight champ proved why he fights only the elite, even at the age of 35, Dillashaw’s speed and timing were something to behold.
The time and speed Dillashaw put forth in this five-round main event were downright impressive considering he has been out for more than two years. Interestingly, his former foe/ a former champ in Dominick Cruz believes that ‘ring rust’ doesn’t exist, and after Dillashaw’s fight with Sandhagen, it’s certainly a powerful argument, to say the least.
UFC Vegas 32 Highlights
The night was like a cauldron for violence, and with each passing fight, it seemed to only heat up. Opening the main card, a pair of exciting bantamweights in Randy Costa and Adrien Yanez got the night started–FAST.
In addition, a pivotal flyweight affair took place between Maycee Barber and Miranda Maverick. The night truly was filled with controversy as many believe that Maverick clearly took rounds 1 & 2, however ultimately “The Future” came out on top. Even on the broadcast, Daniel Cormier admitted that he believed Maverick got the job done.
In the end, only the three judges scoring the fight truly matter when it comes to bringing home a check and a fighter’s record respectively.
Pros React To T.J. Dillashaw Securing The Split-Decision Victory
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