Friday, January 21, 2022

Dillashaw vs. Sandhagen & Garbrandt vs. Font Set For May UFC Events

A pair of massive bantamweight bouts have been added to May UFC Fight Night cards, with T.J. Dillashaw making his return against Cory Sandhagen and Cody “No Love” Garbrandt facing Rob Font.

ESPN broke the big bantamweight news late Thursday night about Dillashaw’s return after a two-year USADA suspension for EPO. Cory Sandhagen argued that Dillashaw should have to earn a world title shot instead of jumping right to the top of the contender’s list, and the UFC brass has heeded his advice.

Cory Sandhagen is currently pipe hot right now, with back-to-back Performance of the Night finishes over Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar. Should Dillashaw make his return with a win over the #2-ranked Sandhagen, he can resume waiting patiently for a title shot that would have been well earned.

Also revealed in the ESPN report is that #3 and #4 in the division will collide when Cody Garbrandt (#3) takes on Rob Font (#4) on May 22. A former champion in the division, Cody Garbrandt will also re-enter the conversation of potential 2021 title defenders if he earns a second consecutive win over a highly ranked opponent. In his most recent bout, Garbrandt defeated Raphael Assuncao via a highlight-reel KO.

As for Rob Font, he won’t be getting the T.J. Dillashaw fight he requested, but he will have a chance at winning his fourth consecutive fight and a second straight win over a top-5 opponent. Font most recently stopped Marlon Moraes in the first round at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal last September. 

With this update, the current lineup for the May 8 Fight Night card is as follows:

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen

Donald Cerrone vs. Diego Sanchez

Philipe Lins vs. Ben Rothwell

Ryan Benoit vs. Zarrukh Adashev

Damir Hadzovic vs. Nikolas Motta

Maurice Greene vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Christian Aguilera vs. Carlston Harris

Francisco Figueredo vs. Jimmy Flick

Roxanne Modafferi vs. Taila Santos

Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jun Yong Park

The updated lineup for the May 22 card now includes these bouts:

Cody Garbrandt vs. Rob Font

Carla Esparza vs. Yan Xiaonan

David Dvorak vs. Raulian Paiva

Felicia Spencer vs. Danyelle Wolf

Denys Bondar vs. Victor Rodriguez

Justin Tafa vs. Jared Vanderaa

What are your predictions for these massive bantamweight bouts??

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