TJ Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen Odds: 72% Of Bettors Backing Dillashaw in Last 24 Hours
Even before he tested positive for PEDs, TJ Dillashaw was a polarizing figure in the UFC. Some loved him for how great he was in the octagon. Some hated him and assumed he was cheating, which it turned out he was.
Well, on Saturday night at UFC Vegas 32, we get the return of TJ Dillashaw to the UFC after waiting two long years. At just 35 years old and having taken two years of time off, there is still plenty in the tank for Dillashaw, it’s more of a question of ring rust and if he’ll be able to shake it off.
It’s also to important, when considering betting on TJ Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen odds, that Sandhagen is a great fighter in his own right. And on top of that, Sandhagen is Dillashaw’s former training partner so you can expect him to be extremely familiar with Dillashaw in the octagon.
Despite the fact that Dillashaw was considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport when he was suspended, TJ Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen odds actually have Dillashaw as the underdog.
What a fall from grace for a fighter that was once among the best in the sport as recently as two years ago. Dillashaw has gone from headlining PPV events and trying to hold two belts at a time to fighting for his reputation at UFC Fight Night.
But, make no mistake about it, a win for Dillashaw, against a quality opponent like Cory Sandhagen, puts him right back in title contention. As a matter of fact, it’s rumored that the winner of this fight will get the winner of the Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling rematch with the bantamweight title on the line.
TJ Dillashaw was once a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, competing against other mixed martial artists for a UFC contract. Dillashaw lost in the finale, but was still rewarded with a contract.
Eventually, after a ton of success within the company and a 5-1 record in his first six UFC fights, Dillashaw earned a title shot against Renan Barao, which he won.
Dillashaw has had two separate stints as bantamweight champion in the UFC. But, when he attempted to win the flyweight title as well, he was KOd by Henry Cejudo in less than a minute and tested positive for PEDs, leading to his two year suspension from the sport.
Cory Sandhagen is well on his way to becoming a household name, but he’s not there yet. A win Saturday would be the next step in that journey for him.
How good is Cory Sandhagen? I’d consider any endorsement from Israel Adesanya as a massive compliment. When asked which fighters he enjoys watching, Adesanya responded that Sandhagen was one of his favorites because of his style and technique.
Cory Sandhagen is a prolific striker. He looks like all skin and bones with his long frame, but he can punish opposing fighters in a variety of ways, just ask Marlon Moreas and Frankie Edgar.
There is a reason Sandhagen is a sizeable favorite in this fight against someone of the caliber of TJ Dillashaw. Cory Sandhagen is every bit deserving of a title shot and he’ll get it if he defeats Dillashaw on Saturday night.
As we get closer to the fight, I expected to see TJ Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen odds begin to drift in favour of Dillashaw, shortening his odds. But, the opposite has happened.
On Sunday, less than a week ago, Cory Sandhagen’s odds had him as a -167 favorite for the fight, odds that imply a 62.5% chance he’d win. But, just a few hours before fight time, he’s -196 with odds as short as -225 in some places.
At -196, Sandhagen’s implied probability is up to 66.2%.
As for TJ Dillashaw’s odds, they’ve gotten even longer than they were less than a week ago. On Sunday, the TJ Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen odds had Dillashaw at +150. Those odds give him a 40% chance to win. Now, they’re up to +180, giving him 35.7% implied chance.
TJ Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen Betting
Even with Sandhagen as a massive favorite and Dillashaw not being the most well liked fighter in the UFC, the latest UFC betting numbers are overwhelmingly in the Dillashaw’s favor.
In the last 24 hours, bettors have been running to the window to back Dillashaw at long odds. In that time span, 72.22% of all bets on TJ Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen moneyline odds have been on Dillashaw to upset his former training partner.
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