T.J. Dillashaw is keeping a close eye on Cory Sandhagen leading into their clash this July and that includes spying on “Sandman’s” camp.
Dillashaw, who has been serving out a two year suspension after popping for banned substances back in 2019, is expected to make his awaited Octagon return on July 24 against Sandhagen. The two are expected to meet in a Fight Night main event but that hasn’t been made official at this time.
Leading into their crucial matchup in the bantamweight division Dillashaw has reportedly sent spies into Sandhagen’s camp to check in on the streaking contender. Sandhagen’s teammate, current LFA featherweight fighter Justin Wetzell, recently told James Lynch (via BJPenn.com) that a few new faces have popped up in the gym over the past few weeks.
“Yeah, he had some Ludwig students come into our Friday sparring,” claimed Wetzell. “I wasn’t there that day, but I heard about this from other people. They were like, ‘Yeah, there’s these Ludwig affiliates and when Cory started sparring in the cage, they whipped out their phones and started recording.’ And then later on Instagram, they posted some s—t on their story bragging, ‘Hey TJ, we got these rounds for you, we’ve got it all recorded.’”
It’s unknown at this time if Dillashaw really did send “spies” into Sandhagen’s camp, but it would just be another way of gaining an upper hand on “Sandman” when the cage doors shuts on July 24. If Dillashaw is able to defeat Sandhagen, who many believe to be the most well-rounded fighter at 135 pounds, he’ll immediately put himself back in line to fight for the title
Dillashaw, the former UFC bantamweight championship, lost his bid for a flyweight title in his last trip to the Octagon when he was put out by Henry Cejudo with a 32-second TKO. Dillashaw has had two years to lick his wounds and plot his return to the cage and it all starts with Sandhagen this July.