Cory Sandhagen isn’t worried about TJ Dillashaw’s rookie past as he prepares to take on the two-time former bantamweight champion at UFC Vegas 32 this Saturday, but “The Sandman” is making a bit of it.
Sandhagen holds nothing against Dilshaw, but says that as a professional combat sports athlete there are ‘you just don’t cross’ lines and cheating is one of them.
“There are lines you don’t cross in sports. You shouldn’t try to shoot the cheap guys. You shouldn’t go outside the rules when you’re there,” said Sandhagen ESPN In a recent interview (H/T Sportskeeda) “And you certainly shouldn’t do anything that is illegal to give yourself a great advantage in a fight.”
“As a contestant, and really, as a person, there’s really only one word I could utter for it—it doesn’t bother me, TJ has to live with TJ’s decisions; I have to live with TJ’s decisions.” Judgments have to be lived with – but it’s a bit gross in my opinion to put yourself at an illegal advantage in a one-on-one war scenario and do something you really like,” Orthagan Said. “I mean, it’s gross. If there’s a word for it, it’s kinda gross.”
Dilshaw will return to competition after a two-year hiatus after failing a 2019 drug test. Duane Ludwig Protect was suspended for two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for EPO in his flyweight title bout against Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night 143. Dilshaw lost the fight via a first-round TKO.
Sandhagen have won their last two matches via highlight reel knockout and will go into the title clash with a win over Dilshaw on Saturday.
UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw will take place on July 24 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.