It’s a new week which means there’s some exciting MMA action coming up this weekend. UFC Vegas 32 will take place on Saturday, July 24 at the Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. A bantamweight bout will headline the event as T.J. Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen are set to clash. Considering how this matchup was set to go down back in May but was delayed because Dillashaw injured himself while training, there’s definitely a lot of excitement heading into the weekend.
Here’s a quick look at the Dillashaw-Sandhagen betting odds, courtesy of BetOnline.
UFC Vegas 32 Odds: T.J. Dillashaw (16-4-0) vs Cory Sandhagen (14-2-0)
Odds via BetOnline as of Monday, July 19
- Moneyline: Dillashaw (+152) vs Sandhagen (-177)
- Total: 3.5 Rounds — Over (-105), Under (-125)
Dillashaw Seeking Major Victory in Return
UFC Vegas 32 marks a big moment for Dillashaw. After all, it’s his return to the octagon nearly two and a half years after being suspended for two years by the USADA when he tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO). Considering how he was the UFC Bantamweight Champion at the time, Dillashaw’s positive test certainly derailed any momentum that was going for him.
Nevertheless, Dillashaw has a chance to rebound as he faces Sandhagen at UFC Vegas 32. Considering how the former is the +152 underdog after having not fought since January 2019, it’s going to be interesting to see how he looks in his return. Obviously, he’s been training for the last several months, however, there’s a difference between training and the actual fight.
Prior to his suspension, Dillashaw was landing an average of 5.37 significant strikes per minute on 41% accuracy. He also was pretty good at defending against his opponents’ striking as he owns a 65% strike defense rating. With half of his 16 wins coming by knockout, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Dillashaw go for the KO/TKO on Saturday. The bad news is that’ll be easier said than done since Sandhagen has yet to be knocked out in his MMA career.
Sandhagen Favored Entering UFC Vegas 32
Cory Sandhagen has been on a roll ever since having his debut UFC fight back in January 2018. Since then, he’s gone 7-1, with his only loss coming via submission to Aljamain Sterling on January 5, 2020, at UFC 250. Even with that loss on his record, Sandhagen has been doing a great job at proving his worth in the bantamweight division. His most recent fight was at UFC Vegas 18 back in March where he knocked Frankie Edgar out with a flying knee just 28 seconds into the bout. In fact, only two of Sandhagen’s eight UFC fights have made it to Round 3, which shows why BetOnline is favoring the bout to last less than 3.5 rounds (-125) at UFC Vegas 32.
Sandhagen is landing 6.85 significant strikes per minute, which is impressive since only nine other fighters in UFC history have averaged more than that. While his striking is tough to match, Sandhagen can win a fight in a number of ways. Four of his seven UFC victories have come via KO/TKO, while two have come via decision and one by submission. In other words, Dillashaw needs to be ready for anything and everything on Saturday. Both fighters are good on the mat as Sandhagen and Dillashaw average 1.07 and 1.68 takedowns per 15 minutes, respectively.
Regardless, UFC Vegas 32 is shaping up to be an exciting night. Regardless of who wins between Sandhagen and Dillashaw, the victor will likely see their stock increase when it comes to the bantamweight rankings.