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Cory Sandhagen “used to frustrate the hell” out of TJ Dillashaw in training, says teammate

UFC bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen “used to frustrate the hell” out of TJ Dillashaw in training, says his teammate Curtis Blaydes.

Sandhagen and Dillashaw meet in the main event of this Saturday’s UFC Vegas 32 card in what could potentially be a No. 1 contender fight at 135lbs. Sandhagen and Dillashaw used to train together at the MusclePharm training facility in Denver, Colorado and there is a lot of heat between these two men heading into this weekend’s headlining bout. Despite Dillashaw being a former UFC champion, Sandhagen is currently favored at the sportsbooks to get his hand raised in the fight and if you ask Blaydes, his teammate at Elevation Fight Team, his favorite status in this matchup is certainly justified.

Speaking to James Lynch ahead of UFC Vegas 32, Blaydes said that Sandhagen used to get the better of Dillashaw in training which is why he believes “The Sandman” should be favored. Although Dillashaw is one of the best bantamweights to ever fight in the UFC, he has been out for the past two-plus years with a USADA suspension, and if you ask Blaydes, Dillashaw is walking into a storm in the form of Sandhagen.

“(Sandhagen) and TJ, they used to spar all of the time years ago, back when we were at MusclePharm, and he used to frustrate the hell out of TJ. I just think he’s too fast, he’s too long, and he’s smart. He doesn’t really make a lot of mistakes. That’s why he doesn’t get hit much, because he’s always thinking about offense and defense. A lot of guys are usually too much one way or the other. They are either too offensive and not enough defense, or too defensive and not enough offense. He has the perfect amount of both. I just think he’s too fast,” Blaydes said.

Who do you think wins this Saturday’s main event at UFC Vegas 32 between Cory Sandhagen and TJ Dillashaw?

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