TJ Dillashaw re-entered the top-half of the UFC bantamweight rankings following his win over Cory Sandhagen

TJ Dillashaw returned with a bang. Following an absence of more than 2 and a half years due to a drug ban, the former two-time bantamweight champion took on the up and coming Cory Sandhagen – a major threat in the bantamweight division.

However, the victory was hard-earned. Dillashaw had to huff and puff his way to the win, as he earned a narrow split-decision victory. He called out Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling following his win.

Cory Sandhagen TJ Dillashaw
Cory Sandhagen punches TJ Dillashaw at UFC Vegas 32

Dillashaw suffered a meniscal tear and a nasty gash above his right eye.

The win propelled Dillashaw to number 2 in the bantamweight rankings straight away. He had been removed from the rankings since he was suspended for two years after testing positive for EPO.

UFC Bantamweight rankings update
The latest UFC ranking update showing TJ Dillashaw at number 2 in the bantamweight division

TJ Dillashaw confirms surgery after multiple injuries during UFC Vegas 32 win

Dillashaw suffered a nasty knee injury in the very first round that clearly affected his mobility. In the second round, he received a brutal cut above the right eye, after multiple strikes from Sandhagen.

Dillashaw took to Instagram to confirm that he will have to undergo surgery to repair the “Bucket Handle tear of the Lateral Meniscus and Lateral Collateral Ligament.

Here is what Dillashaw’s post read.

“No place like home, this right here brings me all the joy I need. #daddyshome. Went in for a mri today, found out that I suffered a displaced Bucket Handle tear of the Lateral Meniscus and a Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) rupture at the end of the first round landing ground and pound while being lazy in a compromised position. The good news is that these tears are repairable and will have a very speedy recovery. Going in for surgery in the next couple days. Loved being in the cage even though I had to push through some adversities to grit out the win. Thank you for the support, it’s belt season now.”

TJ Dillashaw injury update
TJ Dillashaw’s latest Instagram post detailing his injury suffered at UFC Vegas 32

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