UFC Vegas 32 odds: Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw prediction, odds, and pick
UFC Vegas 32 is set and should be a great night of fights. The prelims kick off at 4 pm Eastern on ESPN with the Main Card taking place on ESPN+ at 7 pm. The main event should be a great Bantamweight matchup between Cory Sandhagen and TJ Dillashaw. It’s time to continue our UFC odds series with a prediction and pick.
Sandhagen is coming off of a two-win fight streak after knocking out Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar in back-to-back bouts. He’s gone 4-1 in his last five fights with his only loss coming from current Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling. Sandhagen looks to earn another victory and potentially earn a title shot soon.
Dillashaw hasn’t competed since 2019 after testing positive for an illegal substance. His suspension is finally over and he hopes to get his career back on track with a big win on Saturday night. The former champion begins his climb back to the top, but he must prove himself against one of the UFC’s top contenders.
Here’s how the sportsbooks have set the odds for the main event of the evening.
UFC Vegas 32 odds: Cory Sandhagen-TJ Dillashaw odds
Cory Sandhagen (-215)
TJ Dillashaw (+185)
Over 3.5 rounds (+135)
Under 3.5 rounds (-165)
How Cory Sandhagen wins the fight
Cory Sandhagen has the slight edge heading into the matchup has been much more active recently. He’s been elite since entering the UFC back in 2018 and hopes to earn a title shot with a win over Dillashaw. He has a few advantages he will utilize heading into this fight against Dillashaw and if Sandhagen capitalizes on them, he should come out victorious.
He enters this fight with a four-inch height advantage along with a three-inch reach advantage. Sandhagen is a known striker and he’s squaring up against a wrestler. The game plan will be to keep his distance and pick his opponent apart with precise strikes. The jab will be Sandhagen’s best friend as he can keep Dillashaw at bay throughout the bout. Look for Sandhagen to come in with a patient approach and to keep the fight standing. That’s where Sandhagen holds the advantage in this matchup.
How TJ Dillashaw wins the fight
This is the first fight Dillashaw will be competing in since January 2019. It’s been over two years since he’s been in the octagon, so there is reason to believe he comes into this bout a tad rusty. Even so, Dillashaw was one of the best fighters in the world before getting suspended. We’ve seen fighters come back from long departures before, so Dillashaw should be fine heading into the cage.
Dillashaw is a wrestler, but he’s very well-rounded. Even so, his game plan should be to take it to the mat as soon as possible. His opponent has a big height and reach advantage and it’ll be difficult for Dillashaw to compete with that. Taking it to the ground balances it out, as size isn’t as much of a factor in MMA. His best approach will be to break through Sandhagen’s jab with leg kicks and counter punches to the body. Once he gets his opponent’s guessing, we should see Dillashaw clinching it up or attempting a takedown.
Cory Sandhagen-TJ Dillashaw prediction & pick
This is a classic striker vs wrestler matchup that should be electric throughout. These fighters are nearly exact opposites of each other, so it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. Sandhagen will do everything to keep it on the feet, but Dillashaw is a world-class wrestler that could force the fight to the ground with relentless takedowns. The odds say the fight ends early, and if it does, it’s likely to be a knockout. Due to his recent success, Cory Sandhagen should be able to pull off an impressive victory at UFC Vegas 32.
FINAL SANDHAGEN-DILLASHAW PREDICTION: Cory Sandhagen wins by KO/TKO in round 4.