What an absolute corker of a Main Event we have in store this weekend as the #2 ranked UFC Bantamweight Cory Sandhagen goes to battle with former UFC Champ T.J Dillashaw.
Sandhagen’s only loss in the UFC came at the hands of current champ Aljamain Sterling but he is riding a two fight win streak into this weekend.
Back to back KO wins against Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar has put him right back in title contention and a win over Dillashaw would all but secure a shot at the Bantamweight title.
T.J Dillashaw originally won the UFC Bantamweight Title back in 2014 when he defeated Renan Barao by TKO and went on to defend the title twice before losing it to Dominick Cruz.
He then won the Title back by defeating long time rival Cody Garbrandt in November 2017 (twice) before dropping in weight to attempt to win the Flyweight title against Henry Cejudo, a fight he lost in the first round via TKO.
He tested positive to erythropoietin before and after the fight and was subsequently suspended from competition for two years by USADA.
There is no denying the feats of Dillashaw in the sport and kudos must go to him for taking such as tough test on his return to the octagon but he faces a very tough and durable opponent who is such a dangerous and well rounded mixed martial artist.
Ring rust is real and I have Sandhagen getting the job done within the five rounds.
We have not seen Aspen Ladd inside the Octagon for almost two year now but she has just the one loss in her professional fight career.
And that loss was to the veteran Germaine De Randamie!
The now 26 year old has wins over Tonya Evinger, Sijara Eubanks and Yana Kunitskaya.
She faces Macy Chiasson who also has only one loss to her name from eight pro fights.
She is riding a two fight win streak inside the UFC including a decision win over the now retired Marion Reneau earlier this year.
Aspen Ladd is a beast. She is hungry, determined and ruthless inside the octagon which takes you a long way to winning in this sport.
She has good hands when standing and is not afraid to let them go early in the fight.
Macy Chiasson is a tall and rangy fighter but her stand up defence is lacking and I can see her getting caught somewhere in the first couple of rounds.
Whichever way you look at this match up it is a very competitive fight.
Kyler Phillips has just one loss on his professional fighting resume from 10 outings and he comes into this fight on the back of three wins in the UFC promotion.
Brazilian Raulian Paiva is 3-2 in the UFC heading into this Bantamweight fight but he is the big outsider in betting.
Kyler Phillips is one of the most exciting prospects in the division and brings a very diverse and well rounded game to his fights.
He is an outstanding boxer who is not afraid to mix it up with plenty of kicks and he is very good in the clinch as well as on the ground.
If he can stay composed and not over commit, he will have too many weapons for Paiva in this contest.