T.J. Dillashaw Voices Interest In Eventual Rematch With Henry Cejudo

DillashawSet to make his first Octagon appearance since completing his two-year retroactive USADA suspension back in January in the coming months, T.J. Dillashaw has revealed he’s open to a potential future re-run against Henry Cejudo. Dillashaw, a former two-time undisputed bantamweight champion last featured against the Olympic gold medalist and former two-weight world champion at […]

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Set to make his first Octagon appearance since completing his two-year retroactive USADA suspension back in January in the coming months, T.J. Dillashaw has revealed he’s open to a potential future re-run against Henry Cejudo.

Dillashaw, a former two-time undisputed bantamweight champion last featured against the Olympic gold medalist and former two-weight world champion at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn in January of 2019, dropping a quickfire opening round knockout loss as he unsuccessfully challenged for flyweight gold in his divisional debut.

The 35-year-old was slapped with a two-year retroactive suspension by anti-doping agency, USADA following the matchup, after he was informed some “adverse findings” had come to light in both a pre and post-fight drug test he had provided. Relinquishing his championship, Dillashaw tested positive for the banned substance, EPO (erythropoietin). 

Consistently calling for an immediate title tilt in his return to the Octagon, Dillashaw maintains he never actually lost his bantamweight crown, given the fact he relinquished the title rather than losing it in active-competition.
Whilst yet to be booked officially for his Octagon comeback, Dillashaw was asked by former UFC welterweight contender, Mike Swick recently about his interest in avenging the above mentioned knockout loss to the now-retired Cejudo.

“I haven’t thought about a hit list exactly right, but yeah, he’s (Henry Cejudo) on it,” Dillashaw said during a recent episode of Real Quick with Mike Swick. “Just you saying his name it’s like, ‘Oh god,’ you know? ‘The King of Cringe’ did a good job of being cringy. It’s one of those fights that I was so much better going into that fight — don’t take anything away from him [though]. I think he’s an amazing athlete for winning an Olympic gold medal. I give him more credit for being an Olympic gold medalist than I do winning a UFC championship and that’s something because I’ve wrestled my whole life, that is quite amazing. But I’m so much of a better fighter than him — well-rounded wise.

Cejudo, who retired following his successful bantamweight title defence against common-opposition, Dominick Cruz in May of last year, may have gained Dillashaw’s respect from his Olympic gold medal triumph, however, the Angels Camp native believes Cejudo isn’t as good as he perceives himself to be.

The way that his (Cejudo’s) career worked out and the way that he stepped away from it was just like, he got so lucky,” Dillashaw said. “So that’s a fight that I want back because I don’t think he’s as good as he thinks he is, so that’s for sure on my hit list. First and foremost, (the) hit list for me, is just getting my belt back. Whatever path I have to take to get there, if it’s fighting all the guys in the top-five first, if it’s going straight to the belt, and then making sure I defend it and make a statement.

Cory Sandhagen: I Don’t Think T.J. Dillashaw Wants To Fight Me

SandhagenFresh off the back of a stunning, flying knee knockout of former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, Cory Sandhagan has claimed that former two-time bantamweight titleholder, T.J. Dillashaw doesn’t want to fight him, but still remains timorous that the Californian will leapfrog him and fight for the championship next. Taking co-main event honours at UFC […]

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Fresh off the back of a stunning, flying knee knockout of former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, Cory Sandhagan has claimed that former two-time bantamweight titleholder, T.J. Dillashaw doesn’t want to fight him, but still remains timorous that the Californian will leapfrog him and fight for the championship next.

Taking co-main event honours at UFC Vegas 18 last weekend at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sandhagen blasted through the number-four ranked Edgar with a brutal flying knee stoppage just twenty-eight seconds into the opening round — surely stamping his status at the next title challenger behind incoming chaser, Aljamain Sterling.

Slated to attempt the first defence of his 135-pound crown, incumbent gold holder, Petr Yan meets with one-time foe of Sandhagen, Sterling at UFC 259 in March. And promotional perfect striker, Yan has previously noted his interest in matching with Dillashaw in his return after he knocks back Sterling.

Extending his winning-run to two-fights with a pair of stunning knockout wins over one-time title challenger, Marlon Moraes and the above mentioned, Edgar, Sandhagen claimed it would be garbage if Dillashaw made his return from a two-year USADA suspension and fought for the title before he did. 

Hoping to clash with either Yan or Sterling for the undisputed championship next, Sandhagen has stated that would be willing to meet with Dillashaw to further cement his status as the number-one contender to the title at bantamweight, however, claimed the Angels Camp native has no interest in standing across from him. 

I called out T.J. (Dillashaw) and Frankie (Edgar), right?” Sandhagen replied when asked by ESPN MMA reporter, Ariel Helwani if his fight with Edgar made sense given his upward trajectory. “I would’ve prefered to fight T.J. — I can’t really think of any reason in my head why it wasn’t T.J. that was in that cage with me last weekend instead of Frankie, other than T.J.’s just trying to get an easy shot at the title just ’cause he’s a big name and this famous dude.

I don’t know why that wasn’t T.J.,” Sandhagen said. “So it was either T.J. or Frankie — T.J. probably said no, so it ended up being Frankie.

Sandhagen continued and explained how off the back of his devastating stoppage of Edgar, he believes Dillashaw would still reject a matchup with him if the UFC attempted to book them together.

Yeah, I do, that’s probably what happened,” Sandhagen said. “If you look at his social media, it’s all road to recovery stuff, ‘Oh the comeback’ and blah blah blah. The guy was supposed to be back in January — the time would’ve been perfect for us to fight. And he didn’t. So I don’t know what that’s about — I don’t think he wants to fight.

I’m worried that T.J.’s gonna fight for the belt before me, and still not want the fight,” Sandhagen said. “And then me (sic) be stuck in this limbo thing because T.J.’s a bigger name and maybe he gets to call the shots a little bit more, I don’t know. That’s more of what I’m worried about, I don’t think T.J. wants to fight me.

Completing his two-year retroactive suspension on January 19th. — USADA notified Dillashaw of a potential anti-doping policy violation following his January 2019 knockout loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn, after one of his in-competition test samples returned a positive test for the banned substance, EPO (erythropoietin).

Dillashaw is currently free to return to active competition and continue his professional mixed martial arts career, however, an opponent for his Octagon return has yet to be nailed down, with the Bang Muay Thai trainee consistently claiming the bantamweight championship belongs to him still, while the UFC also fail to rule him from an immediate title shot upon his return. 

Cory Sandhagen Echoes Bantamweight Peers About TJ Dillashaw

You can add Cory Sandhagen’s name to the list of bantamweights who do not believe T.J. Dillashaw should receive a title shot when he returns to active competition. T.J. Dillashaw has been cleared to return from his 2019 USADA suspension since January, …

You can add Cory Sandhagen’s name to the list of bantamweights who do not believe T.J. Dillashaw should receive a title shot when he returns to active competition. T.J. Dillashaw has been cleared to return from his 2019 USADA suspension since January, yet there still has been no word on who he will be facing […]

Frankie Edgar Believes T.J. Dillashaw Must Earn Title Shot On Return

Frankie Edgar provided an honest ssessment of T.J. Dillashaw and where he fits in the current bantamweight landscape when he returns from his USADA suspension. After T.J. Dillashaw’s 2019 USADA suspension for EPO, the UFC bantamweight division has been…

Frankie Edgar provided an honest ssessment of T.J. Dillashaw and where he fits in the current bantamweight landscape when he returns from his USADA suspension. After T.J. Dillashaw’s 2019 USADA suspension for EPO, the UFC bantamweight division has been undergoing some major shuffling. One of the changes in the deck is the entry of former […]

Cory Sandhagen Explains Why A Title Eliminator With TJ Dillashaw ‘Makes Sense’

SandhagenUFC bantamweight contender, Cory Sandhagen has noted his intentions to move closer to a shot at undisputed division gold in his next Octagon outing, and following his stunning knockout win over ‘Magic’ Marlon Moraes in October, has suggested a title-eliminator with the soon returning, T.J. Dillashaw. Rebounding from his first promotional defeat recently, Elevation Fight […]

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UFC bantamweight contender, Cory Sandhagen has noted his intentions to move closer to a shot at undisputed division gold in his next Octagon outing, and following his stunning knockout win over ‘Magic’ Marlon Moraes in October, has suggested a title-eliminator with the soon returning, T.J. Dillashaw.

Rebounding from his first promotional defeat recently, Elevation Fight Team trainee, Sandhagen returned to the win column in spectacular fashion, via a second-round wheel kick knockout of one-time title challenger, Moraes.

Headlining the UFC Fight Island 5 event on Yas Island, Sandhagen made good on his first main event under the UFC’s banner following a shocking first-round rear-naked choke defeat to upcoming UFC 256 title challenger, Aljamain ‘Funk Master’ Sterling in June at UFC 250.

Sandhagen had been linked with clashes opposite former lightweight champion, Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar in his next Octagon walk, following the latter’s successful division bow against Pedro ‘The Young Punisher’ Munhoz earlier this year.

While he remains in prime position to challenge for the bantamweight crown via his shocking stoppage win over then #1 ranked, Moraes, Sandhagen has suggested a title-eliminator with former two-time division gold holder, Dillashaw, who is eligible to return to active competition following a two-year suspension, in January coming. 

I think that I’m maybe one fight away from being that #1 guy,” Sandhagen told MMA Fighting recently. “When you kind of look at the division, (Cody) Garbrandt is hurt [bicep tear] and he’s at 125(-pounds) now so that’s not really a possibility. Then you have Frankie (Edgar), who came off a win against (Pedro) Munhoz, which isn’t like as good a competitor as Marlon (Moraes). Then you have T.J. (Dillashaw) that’s coming back in January, who is known as one of the best bantamweights in history.

I definitely think my #1 contender fight should be against T.J. just because it makes the most sense. I think that I have a pretty strong case now, and when T.J. comes back, he’s going to have a pretty strong case. I’d love to fight him and then right after that when the winner of (Petr) Yan and (Aljamain) Sterling are ready to go, fight one of those guys in the spring or sometime.

Bang Muay Thai ace, Dillashaw last featured at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn in January of 2019, in an unsuccessful attempt to pry the flyweight throne from then-champion, Henry ‘Triple C’ Cejudo, hoping to become a two-weight world champion.

In the weeks following his quickfire loss, Dillashaw had been informed by USADA of an “adverse” finding in his post-fight drug-test, before he relinquished the bantamweight crown after he had been slapped with a two-year, retroactive suspension having returned a test sample which had tested positive for the banned substance, EPO.

While on the sidelines, Cejudo would go on to claim the vacant bantamweight title against Moraes before scoring his sole title defence against common-foe, Dominick Cruz. With Cejudo’s subsequent vacation and shock retirement, Yan scored the vacant crown. Dillashaw has, however, stated that a bantamweight title shot would await him upon his Octagon return next year

Cody Garbrandt Says T.J. Dillashaw’s Son Will Know His Dad Is A Cheater

Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt still has a heated rivalry with T.J. Dillashaw. The two have been at odds ever since Dillashaw left Team Alpha Male. Garbrandt bashed Dillashaw for the move and accused him of taking performance enhancing…

Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt still has a heated rivalry with T.J. Dillashaw. The two have been at odds ever since Dillashaw left Team Alpha Male. Garbrandt bashed Dillashaw for the move and accused him of taking performance enhancing drugs and ending Chris Holdsworth’s career during a sparring session. They ended up fighting each […]

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