Sandhagen (14-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) skilled a heartbreaking split decision loss to Dillashaw (17-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) in Saturday’s bantamweight headliner at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It went down to the wire, with judges scoring it three rounds to two across the board.
Although Dillashaw had a lot of successful moments within the fight, Sandhagen understanding he absorbed less damage and did extra over the route of 25 minutes.
“I do know I had him damage extra occasions than me,” Sandhagen told Megan Olivi on the UFC on ESPN 27 put up-fight indicate. “I disclose I was landing the way cleaner shots. I was selecting him apart. I assume I will have to’ve achieved extra. That’s on me. … I told myself I was profitable the fifth round. I believed that I did. I don’t know. What can you enact? I believed I made really legal adjustments as the fight was happening. What can you enact? I assume I’ll learn from it. I’ll detached be world champ. I’ll detached enact all the issues I said I was going to enact. I legal have acquired to learn and accumulate better, I assume.”
Despite the final end result, Sandhagen doesn’t disclose he’s totally pushed out of the loaded title image at 135 kilos. Champion Aljamain Sterling likely will rematch Petr Yan later this year, and Dillashaw is likely in line to fight the winner.
Sandhagen said he had a put up-fight conversation with UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby, and that he was told it may best take him one recall to accumulate back in line to challenge for the belt.
“Sean Shelby legal talked to me within the back. I made him pinky promise me that I am detached one fight away from the title.”
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 25, 2021
“Sean Shelby legal talked to me within the back,” Sandhagen said. “I made him pinky-promise me that I’m one fight away from profitable the title. He came back and said, ‘There’s nothing I can enact about (the loss), but I promise you you’re detached one fight away from the title.’ I said, ‘I’m going to make you pinky-promise me.’ He did, so that’s detached what we’re taking a gaze at.”
For now, although, Sandhagen will have to digest the sophisticated end result against Dillashaw. He said his goal remains the same even in defeat, and he intends to proceed the momentum in what he felt fancy was a recall within the next day out.
“I don’t want to be a little whiny baby,” Sandhagen said. “I’m going to take it. I’m going to accumulate better from it. That’s what I’m going to enact, and I’m detached going to recall a world championship expectantly detached subsequent year.”