UFC Fight Night Live results and analysis — Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw

UFC Fight Night Live was the first time that UFC had live streamed a UFC event. It was an experiment that, while not perfect, was a successful one. It will be interesting to see how they evolve it in the future. For now, it is a work in progress.

On February 25, 2018, UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, produced the following results, highlights and analysis.

Check back soon for my analysis of the results of UFC Fight Night Live from January 14 in Miami, Florida, where former bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw took on former featherweight champion, and the current bantamweight champion, Dillashaw.

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  • Mike Coppinger is a writer and a musician.

TJ Dillashaw, the former UFC bantamweight champion, has had a number of significant moments in his career, but Saturday’s Fight Night main event against Cory Sandhagen may be his greatest fight yet — at least in terms of public image.

After serving a two-year ban for using erythropoietin, Dillashaw (16-4) returns to competition for the first time in two and a half years (EPO).

Dillashaw, 35, says he’s moved on from his blunder and is focused on the future.

For the first time since January 2019, TJ Dillashaw returns to the Octagon, taking on top-three bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen in a bout with significant championship implications.

Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Saturday • Main card on ESPN/ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET • Prelims on ESPN/ESPN+ at 4 p.m. ET

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Predictably, the rest of the sport is not ready to follow suit. Whether it’s fair or not, how Dillashaw appears in this return will decide a big part of his legacy. It will be simpler for history to dismiss the 2019 failed test as an exception if he resembles the warrior he once was. History will not be fair in evaluating his past achievements if he appears drastically different.

“Is there any pressure on me to prove myself in the aftermath of what happened? That is, after all, a question for others to answer “Dillashaw said. “I’m aware of the reality and don’t care. I’m not going to put myself under that kind of stress.”

Miranda Maverick, Maycee Barber, and Brendan Allen are among the prospects on the undercard.

Watch the bouts on ESPN+ or follow the action with Marc Raimondi and Mike Coppinger.

Fight is still going on:

Punahele Soriano (8-0, 2-0 UFC, -110) takes on Brendan Allen at middleweight (16-4, 4-1 UFC, -110)


Nassourdine Imavov (10-3, 2-1 UFC) wins by TKO in the second round against Ian Heinisch (14-5, 4-4 UFC).

A recap will follow.

Mickey Gall (7-3, 6-3 UFC) wins by first-round submission against Jordan Williams (9-5, 0-2 UFC).

With a rear naked choke submission midway through Round 1 versus Jordan Williams, Mickey Gall got back on the winning track. Zuffa LLC/Jeff Bottari

Gall, who had lost three of his previous five fights in the Octagon, dominated Williams with a first-round tap-out by rear-naked choke at 2:57 of Round 1.

The 29-year-old dropped Williams with a right punch in the first minute and was able to grasp Williams’ back seconds later.

That was fast!!! It’s fair to say @mickeygall has a better RNC than me. #UFCVegas32

July 24, 2021 — Billy Q (@BillyQMMA)

“I had a lot more urgency this camp,” said Gall, who has five rear-naked-choke victories, second only to Demian Maia’s six in UFC welterweight history. For perspective, Maia has done so in 20 UFC welterweight bouts, whereas Gall has only fought in nine. Gall has five submission victories, which is tied for second in the category.

Williams (0-2 UFC) was a -180 favorite, but he never managed to score a single point. In October, the 30-year-old lost a decision against Nassourdine Imavov, who was included in Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020.

Gall (6-3 UFC) was coming off a June 2020 decision defeat to Mike Perry.


On ESPN+, you may watch this battle.

Men’s bantamweight: Julio Arce (17-4, 4-2 UFC) wins by TKO in the second round against Andre Ewell (17-8, 4-4 UFC).

With a second-round TKO of Andre Ewell, Julio Arce, right, made a successful transition down to bantamweight. Zuffa LLC/Jeff Bottari

Arce looked as good as ever while fighting at bantamweight for the first time in five years.

With a tremendous barrage of punches, Arce ended Ewell by TKO at 3:45 of the second round. Despite the fact that Ewell was never down, referee Chris Tognoni obviously thought he had been compromised to the point where the fight needed to be stopped.

@JArceTS #UFCVegas32 is the official return of MMA!!

July 24, 2021 — Shane Burgos (@HurricaneShaneB)

In the first round, Arce’s boxing looked strong, then in the second, he really let his hands fly. Ewell was able to land as well, opening up a gash to the side of Arce’s right eye in the second. The difference was Arce’s left hand, which did damage every time it landed from his southpaw posture.

In his past four bouts, Arce, 31, has gone 2-2. The New York native had a victory against Dan Ige, a featherweight contender. Ewell, a 33-year-old California native, has now lost two consecutive games.

Raimondi’s words

On ESPN+, you may watch this battle.

Sijara Eubanks (8-6, 6-4 UFC) wins by TKO in the first round against Elise Reed (4-1, 0-1 UFC).

Sijara Eubanks defeated Elise Reed in the first round by TKO, marking Eubanks’ first UFC victory. Eubanks’ most recent TKO was in 2016. Zuffa LLC/Jeff Bottari

Eubanks dispatched Reed in a flash, prompting the referee to step in at 3:49 of the first round.

Eubanks’ punches and elbows totally closed Reed’s right eye, and she ended him from a ground-and-pound position after a barrage of punches and elbows. Eubanks hit on 19 of the 34 ground strikes he attempted. Reed didn’t even try to hit her from behind.

@SarjNCharge put on a great show.

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July 24, 2021 — UFC (@ufc)

Eubanks’ win marked her comeback to 125 pounds and her first finish in nine UFC bouts. Eubanks, 36, had a victory against Lauren Murphy, who will compete for the UFC flyweight championship against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 266. Eubanks’ three-game winning run is tied for the third-longest in the division.


On ESPN+, you may watch this battle.

Diana Belbita (14-6, 1-2 UFC) wins a majority decision against Hannah Goldy (5-2, 0-2 UFC).

On Saturday, Diana Belbita won her maiden UFC fight by majority decision against Hannah Goldy. Zuffa LLC/Jeff Bottari

In the UFC strawweight class, Belbita and her right hand are a deadly combination.

Belbita floored Goldy in the first round and rocked her in the third with right crosses on way to a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) victory in the opening round of UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw. Belbita came close to finishing Goldy in the first round before being knocked out. Late in the third, Goldy was able to take Belbita down again and deliver massive elbows. Belbita, on the other hand, endured and triumphed.

#UFCVegas32 early knockdown for @DianaBelbita pic.twitter.com/lbC5VCUSoi

— July 24, 2021, ESPN MMA (@espnmma)

Belbita, who had moved down from flyweight, was making her strawweight debut. The Romanian, who competes out of Canada, has already won two consecutive bouts. After winning her way into the UFC on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, Goldy, a 29-year-old fighter from Florida, has lost her first two bouts.

Raimondi’s words

On ESPN+, you may watch this battle.

More to come:

Cory Sandhagen (14-2, 7-1 UFC, -195) vs. TJ Dillashaw (17-4, 12-4 UFC, +165) in the men’s bantamweight division. Kyler Phillips (9-1, 3-0 UFC, -260) vs. Raulian Paiva (20-3, 2-2 UFC, +210) in the men’s bantamweight division. Darren Elkins (26-9, 15-8 UFC, +135) vs. Darrick Minner (Men’s Featherweight) (26-11, 2-1 UFC, -160) Miranda Maverick (11-2, 2-0 UFC, -150) vs. Maycee Barber (8-2, 3-2 UFC, +125) at women’s flyweight. Randy Costa (6-1, 2-1 UFC, +200) vs. Adrian Yanez (men’s bantamweight) (13-3, 2-0 UFC, -240)

This week on UFC Fight Night Live, we saw the featherweight division continue to be one of the most competitive in the UFC. In the main event, UFC vet Cory Sandhagen earned his third straight win since returning to the UFC earlier this year. In what could be his last fight in the UFC, Dillashaw finished the fight in the second round, as he was able to take down Sandhagen and work from the top. This was Dillashaw’s first win in the UFC since he made his debut in 2013.. Read more about ufc fight night sandhagen vs dillashaw stream and let us know what you think.

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