By Farah Hannoun |
April 21, 2021 1: 50 pm
Sandhagen (14-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) meets oldschool two-time bantamweight champion Dillashaw (16-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) in the main match of UFC on ESPN 24 on Would possibly maybe well 8 in what’s projected to be a No. 1 contender combat.
Dillashaw will return after serving a two-one year U.S. Anti-Doping Company suspension for a particular EPO check in January 2019. In the center of that wreck day, 35-one year-frail Dillashaw elected to undergo double shoulder surgical treatment and must serene were far off from the cage for 28 months when he makes the stroll in Would possibly maybe well.
But in spite of the long layoff and time far off from coaching, Sandhagen says he can’t accomplish the mistake of assuming that Dillashaw will likely be a lesser fighter than he used to be when he ruled the 135-pound division.
“The particular person’s been out for two-and-a-half of years nearly now, so who’s aware of what he’s been doing in that point?” Sandhagen told MMA Junkie. “I do know that he had a pair of shoulder surgical procedures, which build him out for a bit bit, and I do know that I’ve been working actually laborious in those two years. I don’t actually know what he’s been doing, but yeah, I speak that’s potentially the fable that T.J. is maybe gonna advance assist as a now no longer-as-sizable version of T.J., but that’s only a fable that I’m now no longer gonna buy into. I’m gonna buy into the fable which is gonna preserve me safer, which is T.J. is gonna advance assist a more in-depth T.J.”
He persevered, “If he used to be on EPO or in spite of invent of tools he used to be on for his total profession and he’s off of them, then that’s 100 percent gonna play a ingredient. Am I banking on that? Fully now no longer. But when that is so, which I don’t know if that’s the case or now no longer, then, yeah, he’s potentially now no longer gonna be coming assist the same man.”
Though he might maybe now no longer know which version of Dillashaw he’ll accumulate, Sandhagen is undoubtedly conversant in him. The pair had been coaching partners years ago when Dillashaw left Crew Alpha Male for Crew Elevation and procure spent a foremost length of time with every completely different on the mats.
In most smartly-liked interviews, Sandhagen commented on Dillashaw’s failed drug check, along with a pair of of their sparring courses, which Dillashaw didn’t internet too kindly too.
“I don’t actually know what I acknowledged exactly that made him name me a douchebag,” Sandhagen acknowledged. “I indicate, I no doubt made a comment about the steroid usage, but yeah man, you shouldn’t be using steroids. I don’t think someone is gonna be on board or for your aspect for that, whether we trained collectively or now no longer. Then I acknowledged I used to be doing dazzling in opposition to him as soon as we had been in sparring, which is also the truth, too. I wager most steadily announcing the truth makes you a bit a douchebag also. I will agree with that, but yeah. I don’t know. I’ll let as considerable unpleasant blood as he needs to accomplish, he can accomplish on his possess. To me, this ingredient is about a success a world championship. He’s in the technique, and that’s about it.”
Since getting submitted by Aljamain Sterling in June, Sandhagen has fully grew to change into a corner. He’s coming off assist-to-assist highlight-reel knockouts over Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar and hopes he can proceed exhibiting off the fresh wrinkles in his sport.
“I’m working on plenty of actually frigid stuff straight away,” Sandhagen acknowledged. “I feel my total sport, I don’t actually know when it’s been taking place, maybe it’s been all thru this quarantine time or maybe it’s fair thanks to the actually excessive-level guys that I’ve wanted to be preventing in the closing one year or two, but I feel my sport has actually developed. Completely my psychological sport has developed huge time. I’m going in with a considerable better mindset, and I’ve actually hammered down the performance fragment of preventing. It’s only a skill on it’s possess, so I’m taking into account all of those things, but I’m also taking into account the technical things I’ve been working on.
“If the combat does closing longer than 30 seconds than might maybe closing one then I feel we’ll be ready to eye some actually frigid, fresh technical things that I’ve been working on that is totally different than the general public which can be doing it in the game, and I purchase to be the actual person coming up with the total fresh stuff, and I feel that’s who I am. Confidently I don’t accumulate to display it because I knock him out actually hastily, but after I discontinue, then that’s frigid with me too.”