The next UFC Fight Night should provide an explosive opportunity for the bantamweight division. The main event is being headlined by two fighters wanting to make a change in the division.
Sandhagen vs Dillashaw Pick and Preview
You can catch Cory Sandhagen and TJ Dillashaw battling it out to headline the night. Both fighters have a great opportunity to steal the show and make moves within the division.
- Date: Sat, Jul 24, 6:00 PM
- Venue: UFC Apex
- Watch on: ESPN+
Cory Sandhagen (14-2-0)
Sandhagen sports a two fight winning streak as he prepares for this one. Looking at his last battle, he landed a first round knockout to Frankie Edgar back in February.
Looking at what he has accomplished, he has six wins by knockout, three by submission and five by decision. His striking has led him to a lot of success so far, but he also appears quite balanced.
“Sandman” has been able to land strikes with an accuracy at 48 percent and tends to grapple with an accuracy at 50 percent. He delivers 6.85 significant strikes a minute and only takes on 3.89.
Sandhagen’s takedown defense comes in at 30 percent which is fairly low but has a solid significant strike defense at 59 percent. He also puts up 1.07 takedowns and about 0.50 submissions every 15 minutes.
TJ Dillashaw (17-4-0)
Dillashaw suffered a first round TKO loss to Henry Cejudo a little over two years ago for his last battle. This loss stopped his previous four fight winning streak that began in 2016.
Looking at what he has accomplished so far, he has a fighting resume that shows eight wins by knockout, three by submission and five by decision. Another quality resume showing balance.
He strikes with a solid accuracy at 41 percent but is not much better with his grappling at 37 percent. He delivers 5.37 significant strikes each minute while only taking on 3.03.
Dillashaw’s takedown defense is very good at 86 percent and has a significant strike defense that is also very solid m at 65 percent. He also puts up a modest 1.68 takedowns and 1.00 submission every 15 minutes of fight time.
Odds For Main Event
The market likes Sandhagen to win here. For the moneyline, DraftKings has the odds currently set at:
- Sandhagen: -195
- Dillashaw: +165
*odds are subject to changes
Potential Winning Pick
Dillashaw was once a bantamweight champion and has fallen off from the top. The reason for a long fighting absence is due to him failing a drug test and being kicked out of the UFC for a year.
Since that time, other fighters have stepped up and taken over various ranked spots. For example, you have a younger fighter like Sandhagen who is ready to take over the division and comes in as the second best ranked fighter in the division.
Sandhagen needs to win this fight to solidify a dominant introduction to the division. Later on, he can try his shot at the title.
Sandhagen wins via TKO, at -195