UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto was called ‘the haunted UFC card’ by UFC commentator, Joe Rogan during the weigh-ins. Mainly due to the fact that an unfortunate and unforeseen circumstance caused Renan Barao to pass out while cutting weight to make the 135 lb limit, forcing him to go to the hospital and pulling out of the main event.
The UFC acted quickly and announced Joe Soto (15-2) as the replacement opponent for champion T.J. Dillashaw (10-2) and would fight for the belt on Saturday night in Sacramento at the Sleep Train Arena. Soto was originally scheduled to make his UFC debut against Anthony Birchak on the preliminary card of UFC 177, but now instead he makes his debut fighting for the bantamweight title.
That is just one of the many cancellations suffered by the UFC 177 fight card, including a heavyweight bout between Ruslan Magomedov and Richard Odoms and Olympian Henry Cejudo pulling out on the day of the weigh-ins.
As a result, the fight card will be a short one, featuring only eight total fights. The last Pay-Per-View to feature only eight fights was UFC 72 that took place in 2007.
Also adding extra incentive, each winner on the main card wins a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Full UFC 177 Results
Main card (10 P.M. EST, PPV)
- UFC Bantamweight Title: T.J. Dillashaw def. Joe Soto via Knockout (head kick)–Round 5, 2:20
- Tony Ferguson def. Danny Castillo via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Bethe Correia def. Shayna Baszler TKO (punches)–Round 2, 1:56
- Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Ramsey Nijem via TKO (punch)–Round 2, 1:53
- Yancy Medeiros def. Damon Jackson via Submission (reverse guillotine choke)–Round 2, 1:54
Preliminary Card (8 P.M. EST, FOX Sports 1)
- Derek Brunson def. Lorenz Larkin via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Anthony Hamilton def. Ruan Potts via TKO (body punches)–Round 2, 4:17
- Chris Wade def. Cain Carrizosa via Submission (guillotine choke)–Round 1, 1:12