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UFC on ESPN 27: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw predictions

The UFC is back at the Apex for an interesting bantamweight tilt between two former training partners at the top of the division.

Corey Sandhagen, currently ranked No. 2, comes into Las Vegas riding a wave of momentum with highlight reel victories over Frankie Edgar and Marlon Moraes.

The former champion T.J. Dillashaw will attempt to shake off the rust of a two-year layoff.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD (7PM ET/4PM PT)

ADRIAN YANEZ (13-3-0) VS. RANDY COSTA (6-1-0)

UFC on ESPN 27

Andrews: Costa is a big bantamweight but hasn’t fought in about a year. Yanez is a dangerous finisher. Going with the more active Yanez.

Andrews Prediction: Adrian Yanez via TKO

#13 MIRANDA MAVERICK (9-2-0) VS. #14 MAYCEE BARBER (8-2-0)

UFC on ESPN 27

 

Andrews: Maverick is in a groove and has the technical game to stymie Barber’s power.

Andrews Prediction: Miranda Maverick via UD

DARREN ELKINS (25-9-0) VS. DARRICK MINNER (26-11-0)

UFC on ESPN 27

Andrews: Elkins is 37 now and the damage is adding up. He can still grind out a win but Minner is similiar and younger.

Andrews Prediction: Darrick Minner via UD

#14 KYLER PHILLIPS (9-1-0) VS. #12 RAULIAN PAIVA (20-3-0)

UFC on ESPN 27

Andrews: Paiva is a tough guy but I think Phillips steals this one.

Andrews Prediction: Kyler Phillips via UD 

MAIN EVENT 

#2 COREY SANDHAGEN (14-2-0) VS. T.J. DILLASHAW (16-4-0)

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1418626451709079555?s=20

Andrews: Dillashaw as great as he was before the layoff will need to shake too much rust against a bigger guy and former training partner with momentum.

Andrews Prediction: Corey Sandhagen via UD

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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