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Cody Garbrandt doesn't think T.J. Dillashaw beat Cory Sandhagen: 'Cory looked cleaner and did more damage'

USA TODAY Sports Media Group
USA TODAY Sports Media Group
 2021-07-26

Cody Garbrandt thinks the wrong man got his hand raised in the UFC on ESPN 27 main event.

Former two-time UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw (16-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) returned from a two-year U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspension to edge out rising star Cory Sandhagen at Saturday’s event, and Garbrandt thinks the judges got it wrong.

“Legit thought Cory did way more damage the take downs didn’t do sh-t with them and controlling him against the cage wasn’t a deciding factor, Cory looked cleaner and did more damage. Feel for Cory that was his fight.”

Though Sandhagen busted up the former champ with an array of diverse strikes, a compromised Dillashaw never stopped coming forward, using effective leg kicks and controlling the grappling exchanges. In a razor-close decision, two of the judges decided that Dillashaw, who had to battle through an injured knee and a nasty cut, had more control of the fight.

Garbrandt (12-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC), who has a long-standing history with his former Team Alpha Male stablemate, called for a trilogy bout with Dillashaw. Though Dillashaw knocked Garbrandt out in both of their championship fights, “No Love” is adamant that Dillashaw was using performance-enhancing drugs for a long portion of his career.

“Let’s run it !!”

Meanwhile, Dillashaw has eyes on the bantamweight title which he never lost in the first place. If Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan don’t settle their score as projected at UFC 267 in October, Dillashaw said he is content to take on a top-five opponent in the meantime, just to stay active.

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