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UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw

When highly ranked bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen faces off with two-time former champion TJ Dillashaw on Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas, the five-round main event won’t be the first time the two 135-pound fighters have squared off.  Watch live UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw FHD stream here.

Before we dive into the main and co-main events, head over to the UFC Vegas 32 preliminary card breakdown expertly deconstructed by effervescent analyst Patrick Stumberg here and here. Resident MMA champ Andrew Richardson did most of the heavy lifting for the rest of the UFC Vegas 32 main card right here.

Fight card, odds

Cory Sandhagen -200 vs. TJ Dillashaw +170, bantamweights

Kyler Phillips -280 vs. Raulian Paiva +230, bantamweights

Darrick Minner -150 vs. Darren Elkins +125, featherweights

Miranda Maverick -150 vs. Maycee Barber +125, women’s flyweights

Adrian Yanez  -230 vs. Randy Costa +190, bantamweights

UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw

Date: July 24 | Start time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: UFC Apex — Las Vegas

135 lbs.: Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw

Cory “The Sandman” Sandhagen

Record: 14-2 | Age: 29 | Betting line: -185

Wins: 6 KO/TKO, 3 SUB, 5 DEC | Losses: 0 KO/TKO, 1 SUB, 1 DEC

Height: 5’11“ | Reach: 70” | Stance: Switch

Significant Strikes Landed Per Minute: 6.85 | Striking accuracy: 48%

Strikes Absorbed Per Minute: 3.89 | Striking Defense: 59%

Takedown Average: 1.07 (50% accuracy) | Takedown Defense: 30%

Current Ranking: No. 2 | Last fight: Knockout win over Frankie Edgar

TJ Dillashaw

Record: 16-4 | Age: 35 | Betting line: +155

Wins: 8 KO/TKO, 3 SUB, 5 DEC | Losses: 2 KO/TKO, 0 SUB, 2 DEC

Height: 5’6“ | Reach: 67” | Stance: Orthodox

Significant Strikes Landed Per Minute: 5.37 | Striking accuracy: 41%

Strikes Absorbed Per Minute: 3.03 | Striking Defense: 65%

Takedown Average: 1.68 (37% accuracy) | Takedown Defense: 86%

Current Ranking: Unranked | Last fight: Technical knockout loss to Henry Cejudo

Prediction: Dillashaw has the combination of speed and power to offset his physical disadvantages and is a top game capable of taking over fights with his wrestling. While very few 35-year-old fighters typically remain among elite fighters in a division like a bantamweight that is so reliant upon speed, Dillashaw has also stayed free from the damage the past two years while undergoing surgery on both shoulders.