Cory Sandhagen welcomes the returning TJ Dillashaw in the main event of UFC Vegas 32, this weekend. The number 2 ranked bantamweight will have his task cut out to get to the title shot, as a new challenge in the form of a former two-time bantamweight champion awaits him.
Dillashaw was banned on the 19th of January in 2019, following his loss to Henry Cejudo in a flyweight title bout. He had tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) which led to the USADA banning him for 2 years. The suspension period ended on the 19th of January, earlier this year.
In a recent interview with Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Cory Sandhagen claimed that Dillashaw’s positive test for the banned substance – EPO, still grosses him out. He hit out at the fact that it was not right to put oneself in an advantageous position by illegal means.
‘There are lines that you don’t cross in the sport’ – Cory Sandhagen on TJ Dillashaw
Sandhagen was quoted as saying, “There are lines that you don’t cross in the sport. You shouldn’t try to cheap-shot people. You shouldn’t go outside of the rules while you’re in there. And you definitely shouldn’t do anything that is illegal in order to give yourself a huge advantage in a fight.” [via MMA MANIA]
He continued, “As a competitor, and really, as a person, really the only word that I could kinda come up for it is – it doesn’t bother me, T.J. has to live with T.J.’s decisions; I have to live with my decisions – but it is like a little bit gross in my opinion to put yourself in an illegal advantage in a one-on-one combat scenario and something that your really love. I mean, it’s gross. If there’s a word for it, it’s kinda just gross.” [via MMA MANIA]
Sandhagen is coming off an incredible KO win over Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Volkov, earlier this year. ‘The Sandman’ needed just 28 seconds to knock out Edgar. He has never been knocked out in his career, but has lost one fight due to submission, against Aljamain Sterling, last year.
TJ Dillashaw, on the other hand, will be looking forward to making a statement, whilst also showing that “he’s still got it.” The former two-time bantamweight champion has lost his title once, and had to relinquish it the other time due to his ban.