Emerging victorious in his first fight in over two years, TJ Dillashaw inserted himself back into the UFC bantamweight title picture after edging out Cory Sandhagen in a razor-close five-round clash.

Getting the better of Sandhagen when it came to controlling positions against the cage, the former champion would leave with his hand raised despite looking the worse for wear after eating some powerful blows from ‘The Sandman’.

After sustaining a deep cut on his eyebrow in the second round as well as a suspected knee injury earlier on, Dillashaw’s toughness, experience and tactical acumen would prove vital in making it the full 25 minutes as well as leaving with the victory.

Elsewhere at UFC on ESPN 27, a back-and-forth clash in the co-main event would take home ‘Fight of the Night’ honours as Raulian Paiva earned a majrity decision against Kyler Phillips after entering the contest as a short notice replacement.

Withstanding a sizeable about of damage in the first round, Paiva would rally back against Phillips in a fight that saw both men exhausted come the final buzzer.

Saturday’s event would also see Darren Elkins and Adrian Yanez pick up TKO wins on the main card while four out of six preliminary bouts also came to an early conclusion.

Now with another Apex Center event on the horizon, here are five fights for the promotion’s matchmakers to quickly take into consideration: