With UFC Vegas 31 in the books, the mixed martial arts circus of violence that is the Ultimate Fighting Championship shifts to its next broadcast, UFC Vegas 32. The event takes place at the UFC Apex, in the promotion’s headquarters of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The card features the long-awaited return of former two-time UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, following a two-year ban after testing positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO). Welcoming the former titleholder back to the Octagon will be a man that filled the skilled striking void in Dillashaw’s absence, in second-ranked talent Cory Sandhagen.
How to watch UFC Vegas 32 on July 24
- The event kicks off with the preliminary card at 4 pm ET on both ESPN and streaming service ESPN+
- Main action begins at 7 pm ET, also on ESPN and ESPN+
UFC Vegas 32: Fight card
UFC Vegas 32: Appointment television fights
TJ Dillashaw vs Cory Sandhagen
In Dillashaw’s two years away from the sport, several fighters rose up in the division to fill the talent void he left behind. One of those men was Sandhagen. The 29-year-old has lost only once in his eight Octagon appearances, and that was to the division’s current champion Aljamain Sterling. In his many victories–including knockouts of former champions and contenders in Frankie Edgar and Marlon Moraes–he has been a destructive force with an entertaining style that is a mix of evasiveness and pressure.
The 35-year-old Dillashaw is being given a stiff test following a very long break, and at an age well past prime years for fighters in the lower weight classes. If the Duane Ludwig pupil is on point, this fight could be a spectacular clash of elite strikers at 135-pounds, and Dillashaws return to the elite of the division. If he’s not, Sandhagen could add another division star to his highlight reel.
Prediction: Dillashaw by unanimous decision
Adrian Yanez vs Randy Costa
Adrian Yanez versus Randy Costa is another bantamweight showdown that has big-time potential for fireworks. These two 20 somethings are a couple of the best and fastest-rising prospects in the division. Both like to take the center of the Octagon, pressure their opponents into mistakes, and walk them into power punches. With similar styles, something has to give between these two, and all MMA fans should be there to watch it.
Prediction: Yanez by TKO, round 3
Maycee Barber vs Miranda Maverick
Dana White’s Contender Series alum Maycee Barber was the fastest rising talent at women’s flyweight heading into 2020. Then the Legacy Fighting Alliance veteran was handed her first loss at UFC 246 by Roxanne Modafferi and tore an ACL ligament in the process. She followed that up with another loss in February to division tenth-ranked Alexa Grasso. Barber is in serious need of a win to recapture the momentum she once had.
To do so, she will have to beat surging Invicta Fighting Championships product Miranda Maverick. A woman on a five-fight win streak that has taken Barber’s spot as the new rising talent in the division. One of these ranked women will be a top star in the division for years to come, this fight could decide that, or be the first of more to come.
Prediction: Barber by split-decision