By Mike Bohn |
April 27, 2021 9: 00 pm
The wait to study T.J. Dillashaw step assist in the UFC octagon moral got a minute bit longer.
Dillashaw, a extinct two-time UFC bantamweight champion, changed into as soon as scheduled to meet Cory Sandhagen in the UFC on ESPN 24 headliner on Could maybe additionally fair 8 in what might maybe be his first bout since January 2019 following a two-twelve months doping suspension.
Dillashaw suffered a in the reduction of above his ogle in practising that changed into as soon as therefore contaminated. He changed into as soon as hopeful to compete, however did no longer receive clearance from clinical doctors. Twitter person C. Contreras Legaspi changed into as soon as first to document Dillashaw (16-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) vs. Sandhagen (14-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) changed into as soon as in jeopardy.
The extinct UFC champ posted a press release on Tuesday announcing the suggestions (via Instagram):
I’m sad to order that I wish to be pulled from my fight on Could maybe additionally fair eighth due to this of a in the reduction of got from a head butt while drilling. Rescheduling the fight as quickly as that it is seemingly you’ll well seemingly mediate of.
Dillashaw, 35, lately done a two-twelve months U.S. Anti-Doping Company suspension stemming from a certain drug take a look at for EPO in January 2019 – the sorting out timeframe of his first-round TKO loss in a flyweight title enviornment against then-champion Henry Cejudo.
The fight wherein Dillashaw examined changed into as soon as his first try at flyweight competition, and it came on the heels of a four-fight worthwhile trot that included assist-to-assist TKO wins over rival Cody Garbrandt.
As for Sandhagen, he’s been unblemished in his UFC tenure minus an 88-second loss to Aljamain Sterling in June 2020. Since that defeat, Sandhagen has won assist-to-assist fights by knockout. In October, Sandhagen defeated Marlon Moraes by spinning wheel kick and punches outdated to he earned a doable 2021 “Knockout of the Year” candidate with a brutal flying knee knockout of Frankie Edgar in February.
In step with a document from ESPN, a strawweight matchup between Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez might maybe relieve because the fresh UFC on ESPN 24 headliner.
The UFC on ESPN 24 lineup now contains:
- Cory Sandhagen vs. TBA
- Donald Cerrone vs. Diego Sanchez
- Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ryan Benoit
- Maurice Greene vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
- Christian Aguilera vs. Carlston Harris
- Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jun Yong Park
- Philipe Lins vs. Ben Rothwell
- Angela Hill vs. Amanda Ribas
- Neil Magny vs. Geoff Neal
- Ludovit Klein vs. Mike Trizano
- Kyle Daukaus vs. Phil Hawes
- Diego Ferreira vs. Gregor Gillespie