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TJ Dillashaw was in peak Killashaw form. Taking on a surging contender like Corey Sandhagen is never an easy task for anyone, let alone someone who hasn’t fought in two years. Dillashaw, however, passed the test with flying colors.

The end result was a split decision win for Dillashaw after five gruelling rounds. The disgraced former 135 lb. champ was coming off a two-year suspension from USADA after testing positive for EPO.

After paying his dues, he’s back with a vengeance. His crisp striking and elite foot work was once again on display against a dangerous Sandhagen. Even his conditioning was up to par, as kept the pace for five rounds.

It wasn’t smooth sailing for TJ, as Corey gave him one hell of a fight.

Sandhagen also had his number a couple of instances. He even managed to give Dillashaw a nasty cut between his right eye and nose in the second round. Dillashaw even reportedly injured his knee in the first round.

Most argue that Sandhagen even won the last two rounds, and could have easily gotten the nod.

Still, it’s a W for the returning former champion.

“Guess what? Daddy’s home, bi**hes,” Dillashaw said after the win.

Now that he got his comeback fight out of the way, what’s next for Dillashaw? Or more importantly, who’s next?

A title shot is out of the question at the moment, since Aljamain Sterling and Peter Yan are scheduled to run it back.

While a third fight with bitter rival Cody Garbrant would no doubt be amusing, this bout will probably get “No Love” since Dillashaw already finished him twice.

No.6 ranked BW Marlon Moraes could be an intriguing match, but he’s already booked. The same goes for Jose Aldo and Pedro Munhoz, who will fight one another.

Unless Dillashaw will be willing in to step in as a replacement just in case, these fights won’t happen soon. Given the injuries he suffered versus Sandhagen, TJ is highly unlikely to be cleared right away.

Former LW champ Frankie Edgar is actually free, but a win over him won’t be as rewarding for Dillashaw. Edgar is coming off a devastating KO loss to Sandhagen, who Dillashaw just beat.

The fastest route to a title shot right now for Dillashaw would be a win over the dangerous Rob Font. He’s ranked no.3 in the division right now with a four-fight winning streak.

This fight makes the most sense, as the winner would be the undisputed no.1 contender for the winner of the Sterling vs Yan rematch. 

Do you agree with us? Who should TJ Dillashaw fight next?

 

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