The return of former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw has been set. Dillashaw will meet No. 2 ranked contender Cory Sandhagen in the primary occasion of an upcoming Struggle Night time card scheduled for Could 8.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN first reported the information and revealed contracts have but to be signed, however each Dillashaw and Sandhagen have verbally agreed to the battle. This information was later confirmed by a number of media shops.
Dillashaw competed final at UFC Brooklyn, the place he dropped down from bantamweight to flyweight for the primary time to fulfill then-champion, Henry Cejudo, in an try and earn one other UFC championship. Dillashaw was completed by technical knockout simply 32 seconds into the primary spherical, which noticed his four-fight successful streak snapped.
A number of months after the loss, it was introduced by america Anti-Doping Company (USADA) that Dillashaw could be suspended for 2 years after testing constructive for the banned substance often called EPO previous to the Cejudo battle. The suspension was retroactive to the date of the constructive take a look at, so Dillashaw turned eligible to battle once more on January 19, 2021.
Dillashaw beforehand said that he needed to return to both an instantaneous title shot at 135 kilos or get somebody within the high 5, however the UFC brass deliberate for a No. 1 contender battle as an alternative and Sandhagen was tapped for it.
Sandhagen entered the UFC in 2018 and rattled off 5 straight wins over some notable names earlier than assembly Aljamain Sterling at UFC 250 in a title eliminator battle. Sandhagen was submitted with a rear-naked choke in 88-seconds, which marked his first loss within the promotion.
Sandhagen rebounded with two gorgeous ‘Efficiency of the Night time’ awarded knockouts that put him proper again into the title combine. He met former title challenger Marlon Moraes at UFC Struggle Island 5 in October and put an finish to the battle with a spinning wheel kick and follow-up punches within the second spherical.
Sandhagen not too long ago knocked out Frankie Edgar in 28 seconds with a flying knee at UFC Vegas 18.
The Could 8 Struggle Night time card doesn’t at present have an official location or venue, however it’s anticipated to be introduced within the coming weeks.