Facial cut forces T.J. Dillashaw from UFC comeback fight vs. Cory Sandhagen

The wait to see T.J. Dillashaw go back in the UFC octagon simply got a little bit longer.

Dillashaw, a previous two-time UFC bantamweight champ, was arranged to fulfill Cory Sandhagen in the UFC on ESPN 24 headliner on Might 8 in what would be his very first bout because January 2019 following a two-year doping suspension.

Dillashaw suffered a cut above his eye in training that was consequently contaminated. He was enthusiastic to complete, however did not get clearance from medical professionals. Twitter user C. Contreras Legaspi was very first to report Dillashaw (16-4 Mixed Martial Arts, 12-4 UFC) vs. Sandhagen (14-2 Mixed Martial Arts, 7-1 UFC) remained in jeopardy.

The previous UFC champ published a declaration on Tuesday revealing the news (by means of Instagram):

I’m unfortunate to state that I need to be pulled from my battle on Might 8th due to a cut gotten from a head butt while drilling. Rescheduling the battle as quickly as possible.

Dillashaw, 35, just recently finished a two-year U.S. Anti-Doping Company suspension originating from a favorable drug test for EPO in January 2019 – the screening timeframe of his first-round TKO loss in a flyweight title difficulty versus then-champion Henry Cejudo.

The battle in which Dillashaw evaluated was his very first effort at flyweight competitors, and it began the heels of a four-fight winning streak that consisted of back-to-back TKO wins over competing Cody Garbrandt.

When It Comes To Sandhagen, he’s been unblemished in his UFC period minus an 88-second loss to Aljamain Sterling in June 2020. Because that defeat, Sandhagen has actually won back-to-back battles by knockout. In October, Sandhagen beat Marlon Moraes by spinning wheel kick and punches prior to he made a possible 2021 “Knockout of the Year” prospect with a ruthless flying knee knockout of Frankie Edgar in February.

According to a report from ESPN, a strawweight match in between Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez might function as the brand-new UFC on ESPN 24 headliner.

The UFC on ESPN 24 lineup now consists of:

  • Cory Sandhagen vs. TBA

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Diego Sanchez

  • Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ryan Benoit

  • Maurice Greene vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

  • Christian Aguilera vs. Carlston Harris

  • Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jun Yong Park

  • Philipe Lins vs. Ben Rothwell

  • Angela Hill vs. Amanda Ribas

  • Neil Magny vs. Geoff Neal

  • Ludovit Klein vs. Mike Trizano

  • Kyle Daukaus vs. Phil Hawes

  • Diego Ferreira vs. Gregor Gillespie

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.