An injury has forced Canadian bantamweight Mitch
Gagnon to withdraw from his UFC
158 clash with Issei
UFC officials recently announced that Tamura will now face T.J.
Dillashaw at the event, which takes place March 16 at the Bell
Centre in Montreal. UFC 158 is headlined by a welterweight title
showdown between Georges St.
Pierre and Nick Diaz and
will also see onetime interim champion Carlos
Condit lock horns with Johny
Dillashaw, 27, has tasted defeat just once as a professional,
making his way to the finals of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14
only to be knocked out by future flyweight title contender John Dodson.
The Team Alpha Male standout responded to the setback by posting
two straight wins last year, dominating Walel
Watson and Vaughan Lee.
Dillashaw was supposed to return to action on Dec. 8, but an injury
forced him out of a planned UFC on Fox 5 duel with Mike
One year older than his new opponent, Tamura also competed twice
last year, making a successful Octagon debut against Chinese talent
Zhang at UFC 144. Tamura was knocked out in his next
promotional appearance, falling to former WEC competitor Raphael
Assuncao on July 11.