The Pro Take: Khabib, Sterling and More Sound Off on Dillashaw’s Return

T.J. Dillashaw, UFC Vegas 32
T.J. Dillashaw, UFC Vegas 32 Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

The UFC Vegas 32 main event was set to answer one question — and that was a simple one. How would T.J. Dillashaw look after two years away, and (hopefully) fighting clean after his USADA suspension?

The ex-champ had tested positive for EPO (think Lance Armstrong), relinquished his title (not that he had a choice), and become an object of ridicule. A big performance Saturday against Cory Sandhagen, however, would go a long way to earning at least a little redemption.

After a decent opening round, however, things took a turn for the two-time bantamweight champ. One, he injured his knee, informing his corner between rounds that something had popped. Two, in the second, Sandhagen started to come on, leaving a cut over Dillashaw’s eyebrow that clearly hampered his vision.

Just when things were looking dire for Dillashaw, he found a second wind. Taking momentum back, he’d arguably win the third, and that left the championship rounds— handing Dillashaw a hefty experience advantage. In the end they’d go the distance, with a very back-and-forth fight appearing tied heading into the final frame.

Come the scorecards being announced, it was Dillashaw taking a split decision, with scores of 47-48, 48-47, and 48-47.


Here’s how the pros saw the main event of UFC Vegas 32 on Saturday, which saw the returning T.J. Dillashaw victorious after two years out of action.

Just a Number?

Champ Talk

We’ll Stick with Herb

Let’s Go!

Close Scrap

Dillashaw via SD


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