UFC on ESPN 27: Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw Picks and Predictions

TJ Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen

UFC: Saturday, July 24th at 7:00 PM EDT

The Line: -- Cory Sandhagen -180 / TJ Dillashaw +150 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Cory Sandhagen and TJ Dillawshaw face off on Saturday in a bantamweight showdown in the main event of UFC on ESPN 27 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. 

TJ Dillashaw hopes that his return from suspension is a good one when he steps into the octagon on Saturday. Dillashaw was suspended for two years by the USDA after his last loss in 2019. Dillashaw had won four games in a row before he was defeated by Henry Cejudo in the last fight. On the season, Dillashaw is averaging 5.37 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.03 significant strikes per minute. Each of the last two wins for Dillashaw was by knockout, and he is going to look for that early in this fight. Dillashaw is averaging 1.68 takedowns every 15 minutes, and he is successful on 37 percent of his takedown attempts. Dillashaw is also stopping 86 percent of his takedown attempts. Dillashaw at times will also look for a submission attempt, averaging 1.0 attempts every 15 minutes. 

On the other side of this matchup is Cory Sandhagen who comes into this fight with a 14-2 record overall and he has won two fights in a row. Sandhagen’s last fight was against Frankie Edgar and it was early in the first round he finished that fight by flying knee. Sandhagen is a pressure fighter and is averaging 6.85 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.89 significant strikes per minute. Sandhagen has 1.07 takedowns every 15 minutes, and he is successful on 50 percent of his takedown attempts. Sandhagen also stops 30 percent of his opponents takedown attempts. In this fight, if Sandhagen wants to win, he needs to apply the pressure early. 

Dillashaw has had a layoff, but I think he is going to be the one to find success in this fight. Dillashaw is going to avoid all the damage from Sandhagen, and the underdog will pull off the upset. 

Shane’s Pick TJ Dillashaw +150

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