Former UFC Bantamweight Champion, TJ Dillashaw is not looking to get a tune-up fight but rather he is facing #2 ranked Cory Sandhagen as his comeback. All props for Dillashaw for fighting the highest ranked opponent available despite coming off not only a loss but a long suspension.
TJ Dillashaw was caught cheating during his fight with Henry Cejudo. He tested positive for EPO which is used for mainly endurance. Had the fight with Cejudo gone to the later rounds, we might have seen Dillashaw get better or have the upper hand. Fortunately, the fight ended quickly in favor of Cejudo.
After serving his suspension, Dillashaw is ready to get back his title but the question is was it wise to face a top contender like Sandhagen as his next fight? Sandhagen has been a KILLER in his last 2 fights, finishing Moraes and Edgar.
In terms of resume in UFC bantamweights, TJ Dillashaw might have the best or second best resume in terms of his wins. The only one that could possibly surpass him is Dominick Cruz who beat him in a razor thin decision. Cruz has also won the belt and defended it numerous times but was beaten by Cody Garbrandt who Dillashaw beat twice.
Although many would argue that Dillashaw cheating already destroys his legacy but some also say that Dillashaw only used EPO in only one fight and it was due to weight cut issues. Who knows but Dillashaw recapturing the belt for the third time is a great accomplishment at the end of the day.
Will he beat Sandhagen this Saturday? and if he does how would he fare against the winner of Sterling vs Yan 2? All three have interesting matchup that could trouble Dillashaw but then again no fighter has a better resume in the division than Dillashaw. The bantamweight division is surely one of the most exciting division right now.