Poor Raphael Assuncao.
As had been rumoured for some time, former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao is set to get an immediate rematch after being dominated by current titleholder TJ Dillashaw. Though yet to be confirmed, the bout is expected to headline the UFC 177 card on August 30 in Sacramento, CA.
Barao recently lost his title to Dillashaw at UFC 173 in surprising fashion. Expected to dominate the Team Alpha Male member after defending his title for the first team against Dillashaw’s teammate Urijah Faber, Barao was dominated for all five rounds and – after being rocked badly in the first – was finished in the fifth and final round.
After such a dominant performance, TJ Dillashaw was expected to make his first defence elsewhere. Renan Barao had called for an immediate rematch in Brazil. Neither of these conditions have been met, and the two will rematch in the US.
TJ Dillashaw snapped the incredible 33 fight unbeaten streak of Renan Barao when the pair first met, with the Brazilian also racking up an impressive 7-0 record inside the UFC coming into the bout. Barao had won, and defended twice, the interim bantamweight title before being promoted to undisputed champion, making one successful defence.
With wins over Eddie Wineland, Michael McDonald and Urijah Faber, the bantamweight division left few contenders for Renan Barao to challenge, and TJ Dillashaw was expected to be merely another name on a glowing resumé. Dillashaw shut the doubters up with a performance which Joe Rogan described as “the best he’d ever seen.”
Raphael Assuncao, currently on a six fight winning streak including a split decision over TJ Dillashaw, had recently urged the UFC to match him up with Dillashaw. Former champion Dominick Cruz is expected to meet Takeya Mizugaki on the very same card, with Urijah Faber meeting Alex Caceres on the undercard of Saturday’s UFC 175 card. Bryan Caraway, Iuri Alcantara and Michael McDonald are all more than worthy contenders for the near future, also.
An official announcement of the bout is expected for the coming weeks, after being originally reported on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight.