Dillashaw and Renan Barao are going to do it all over again. | Dave
Dillashaw’s first title defense will come in his backyard, and
it will likely come against a familiar foe.
A rematch between Dillashaw and Renan Barao
has been targeted for UFC 177 on
Aug. 30 in Sacramento. News of the 135-pound championship bout was
first reported on Wednesday’s episode of UFC Tonight. While nothing
has been made official, the matchup is reportedly on the verge of
Dillashaw, who trains with the Sacramento-based Team Alpha Male
camp, authored a career-defining performance in his first meeting
with Barao at UFC 173. Dillashaw dominated the Nova Uniao star for
four-plus frames before stopping him with a head kick and follow-up
punches 2:26 into the final stanza.
Dillashaw’s only defeat since falling to John Dodson
at the “TUF 14” finale came at the hands of Raphel Assuncao this
past October. Assuncao, who has won six straight fights, was
supposed to be next in line for a title shot, but it appears that
he will have to wait a little longer for his opportunity.
Before his upset loss to Dillashaw, Barao had gone unbeaten in 33
consecutive fights. The Brazilian owns wins over Brad
Jorgensen, Urijah Faber
McDonald and Eddie
Wineland during his promotional tenure.