UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw Main Card Picks (July 24)

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  • UFC Fight Night Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw set to showcase 12 bouts across Prelims and Main-Card.
  • Bantamweight showdown between Cory Sandhagen and recently returning TJ Dillashaw set to headline.
  • Rising star Aspen Ladd set to face Macy Chiasson in co-main event.

The UFC’s state-of-the-art APEX Centre is once against set to stage this weekend’s latest Fight Night.

Former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is set to return following a two-year doping suspension and will face off against rising contender Cory Sandhagen in the main event.

Other notable matchups include a duo of mouth-watering female fights, featuring Miranda Maverick taking on young gun Maycee Barber and Aspen Ladd facing Macy Chiasson in the co-main event.

Below is the event’s full schedule including all of VegasOdds’ main-card picks.

UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw – Full Schedule

Prelims

  • Women’s Strawweight: Diana Belbita (13-6) vs. Hannah Goldy (5-1)
  • Women’s Flyweight: Sijara Eubanks (7-6) vs. Elise Reed (4-0)
  • Bantamweight: Julio Arce (16-4) vs. Andre Ewell (17-7)
  • Bantamweight: Adrian Yanez (16-4) vs. Randy Costa (6-1)
  • Middleweight: Nassourdine Imavov (9-3) vs. Ian Heinisch (14-4)
  • Middleweight: Punahele Soriano (8-0) vs. Brendan Allen (16-4)

Main-Card

  • Weltweight: Mickey Gall (6-3) vs. Jordan Williams (9-4)
  • Women’s Flyweight: Miranda Maverick (11-2) vs. Maycee Barber (8-2)
  • Featherweight: Darren Elkins (26-9) vs. Darrick Minner (26-11)
  • Bantamweight: Kyler Phillips (9-1) vs. Raulian Paiva (20-3)
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd (9-1) vs. Macy Chiasson (8-1)
  • Bantamweight: Cory Sandhagen (14-2) vs. TJ Dillashaw (17-4)

Mickey Gall vs. Jordan Williams

One of the toughest matchups to call across the entire fight card.

The real question will be what kind of condition does Mickey Gall comes into Saturday’s main-card opener in.

If the American comes in with a full gas tank, I think an early upset could be on the cards.

Prediction: Mickey Gall to win via decision.

Aug 3, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Mickey Gall (red gloves) fights Salim Touahri (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Mickey Gall (red gloves) fights Salim Touahri (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Mickey Gall to win+150
Jordan Williams to win-175

Miranda Maverick vs. Maycee Barber

Another excellent matchup!

This fight between Miranda Maverick and Maycee Barber is a stylistic dream.

Notoriously skilled on the ground, Maverick should cause the highly-rated Barber a world of problems.

Prediction: Miranda Maverick to win via submission.

Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Miranda Maverick punches Gillian Robertson of Canada in their lightweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.    Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Miranda Maverick punches Gillian Robertson of Canada in their lightweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
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Miranda Maverick to win-138
Miranda Maverick to win via KO, TKO, Submission, or DQ+450
Maycee Barber to win via KO, TKO, Submission, or DQ+333
Fight to go the distance – YES-225

Darren Elkins vs. Darrick Minner

I will be amazed if the heavy-hitting duo that is Darren Elkins and Darrick Minner will go the distance.

However, forced to favor one fighter – my money is on Minner – just.

Prediction: Darrick Minner to win via knockout.

Feb 29, 2020; Norfolk, Virginia, USA; Grant Dawson (red gloves) celebrates beating Darrick Minner (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Chartway Arena. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 29, 2020; Norfolk, Virginia, USA; Grant Dawson (red gloves) celebrates beating Darrick Minner (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Chartway Arena. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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Darren Elkins to win+130
Darrick Minner to win-160
Darren Elkins to win via KO, TKO, Submission, or DQ+300
Darrick Minner to win via KO, TKO, Submission, or DQ+187

Kyler Phillips vs. Raulian Paiva

This one should be action-packed from the get-go and could even claim ‘Fight of the Night’.

Unbeaten in all of his three UFC fights, I am tipping bantamweight Kyler Phillips to extend his impressive streak to four.

However, beating a notoriously tough and gritty Raulian Paiva won’t be easy and will likely take the judge’s to call the fight’s eventual winner.

Prediction: Kyler Phillips to win via decision.

Feb 29, 2020; Norfolk, Virginia, USA; Gabriel Silva (red gloves) fights Kyler Phillips (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Chartway Arena. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 29, 2020; Norfolk, Virginia, USA; Gabriel Silva (red gloves) fights Kyler Phillips (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Chartway Arena. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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Kyler Phillips to win-275
Raulian Paiva to win+225
Kyler Phillips to win via KO, TKO, Submission, or DQ+260
Raulian Paiva to win via decision+450

Aspen Ladd vs. Macy Chiasson

Between Maverick and Barber and the co-main event between Aspen Ladd and Macy Chiasson, it could very well be the ladies that steal Saturday night’s show.

Two great bouts in which fans could arguably flip a coin to determine the winners.

For the co-main, I am narrowly leaning towards a Ladd win, although, I do expect Chaisson to be one of her toughest battle yet.

Prediction: Aspen Ladd to win via decision.

Dec 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Aspen Ladd (red gloves) after her win against Yana Kunitskaya (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Aspen Ladd (red gloves) after her win against Yana Kunitskaya (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
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Aspen Ladd to win-188
Macy Chiasson to win+162
Aspen Ladd to win via KO, TKO, Submission, or DQ+225
Macy Chiasson to win via decision+300

Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw

TJ Dillashaw is back ladies and gentlemen!

The former bantamweight champion is set to return to the octagon following just over 900 days worth of inactivity due to a doping suspension.

Looking to put himself right back in title contention, Dillashaw will be hoping to secure a monumental victory over one of the division’s most impressive fighters.

Coming into Saturday night’s main event straight off the back of a hellish flying knee knockout over veteran Frankie Edgar, Sandhagen will be looking to use Dillashaw’s name to propel himself next in line to fight for the 135lb belt – currently held by Aljamain Sterling.

Having said that – although this one is a hugely exciting encounter and one that is painfully tough to call – I can’t get away from the huge value in Dillashaw’s markets.

Prediction: TJ Dillashaw to win via decision.

August 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; TJ Dillashaw celebrates his championship victory against Cody Garbrandt during UFC 227 at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
August 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; TJ Dillashaw celebrates his championship victory against Cody Garbrandt during UFC 227 at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Cory Sandhagen to win-188
TJ Dillashaw to win+162
Cory Sandhagen to win via KO, TKO, Submission, or DQ+110
TJ Dillashaw to win via KO, TKO, Submission, or DQ+300
Fight to go the distance – NO-225
Fight to go the distance – YES+162
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