UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw mimicked his fight from earlier this year Saturday night, landing a fifth-round head-kick that finished Joe Soto in the main event of UFC 177.
Dillashaw did the same to then-champion Renan Barao, a fight he was well ahead on in earning the title. In front of his hometown fans in Sacramento, the Team Alpha Male fighter came alive late.
After using his striking to pile up a significant advantage in terms of punches landed, Dillashaw threw up a head-kick that connected perfectly. As Soto wobbled, he hit him with a right and ended it.
Dillashaw (11-2) was scheduled to face Barao in a rematch, but the Brazilian suffered an injury while cutting weight. The short-notice change in opponents seemed to play a factor in his offense.
“It’s been crazy,” Dillashaw said. “An hour before making weight you find out (your opponent) isn’t making weight and you are fighting a tough opponent like Joe Soto. It was a tough call, but I wanted to do it for Sacramento.
“There was no way I wasn’t going to put on a show for you guys and save the night.”
Dillashaw admitted that knowing Soto was a standout wrestler changed what he wanted to do, adding, “I had to be more hesitant with my stand-up. He’s a tough guy and I put it on him.”
With Barao removed from his role as a top contender for the time being, Dillashaw said he wants to take some time off before returning to the Octagon again.
“My mind was on Renan Barao for the last four months,” he said. “I will fight anybody that the UFC puts in front of me, and I’m gonna beat them.”
Tonight’s event comes to us from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. Fights air on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view.
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Cain Carrizosa vs. Chris Wade
Lightweights open up the card, as Cain Carrizosa (6-0) and Chris Wade (7-1) make their Octagon debuts against one another.
Carrizosa owns four finishes to his resume, while Wade has won two straight since a 2013 loss in the World Series of Fighting.
Round 1: Wade with a perfect head-and-arm throw and he gains control. He transitions quickly to a guillotine choke and our first fight is all over, as Carrizosa goes out. Just a tight and perfect arm-in guillotine choke.
Chris Wade def. Cain Carrizosa via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:12 of Round 1
Ruan Potts vs. Anthony Hamilton
Our only contest above the middleweight division tonight takes place at heavyweight, as Ruan Potts (8-2) battles Anthony Hamilton (12-3).
Potts dropped his first fight with the UFC to Soa Palelei via knockout in May. Hamilton had his six-fight win streak snapped in his Octagon debut this past June, falling to Alexey Oleinik.
Round 1: Hamilton with a takedown less than 30 seconds into the round, and he goes to side control. However, Potts avoids any damage and gets to his feet – something he didn’t do in his debut. Exchange, as Potts lands a right but gets bullied against the fence. A second takedown for Hamilton and he’s letting Potts stand back up instead of engaging on the ground. Hamilton swings wildly and proceeds to score with a third takedown of the fight. After allowing Potts to get back to his feet, Hamilton takes him back down. Again, the same thing, as Hamilton allows him to get feet.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hamilton
Round 2: They showed a replay during the break and on one of the takedowns, Potts went head-first into the canvas. It appears to have hurt him, but he’ll fight on. Thirty seconds in and Hamilton takes him back down. He again doesn’t want to engage on the ground, the crowd boos, and Potts’ is allowed to stand. Another takedown and this time Hamilton looks ready to use ground-and-pound and maybe finish this one if he gets off some good shots. Hamilton with some solid shots to the body and there is noticeable bruising around the ribs of Potts. The ref is warning Potts to do something or he’ll stop this one. Despite not touching the face, the ref stops this one after an incredible amount of body shots.
Anthony Hamilton def. Ruan Potts via TKO (strikes) at 4:17 of Round 2
Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin
The conclusion to the prelims will feature middleweight action, as Derek Brunson (11-3) meets Lorenz Larkin (14-3).
Brunson had his two-fight win streak snapped by Yoel Romero this past January, while Larkin is looking for his first win since last year after dropping two straight.
Round 1: Larkin pops off several quick lets, but Brunson is backing him up against the fence and they clinch. Overhooks secured for Brunson, but he releases them and they separate. Larkin doing an incredible job of avoiding the takedown, but he eats a stiff knee to the body. They separate and Brunson lands a left. He immediately goes for a guillotine choke, but as Larkin goes to his back to defend, the hold is released. Brunson transitions to some big-time ground-and-pound and is hammering away. He’s now taken the back and is working a rear-naked choke, also throwing an elbow to the face. Complete domination for Brunson through three-plus minutes.
FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Brunson
Round 2: Larkin throwing heavy shots, but Brunson has been able to move away with ease. Body shot lands for Larkin, who sprawls a takedown but Brunson continues to push and scores with it. He’s now in side control and looking to pass. With just over a minute to go, Larkin is able to get out and goes to work. He lands a stiff shot, and Brunson sores with a trip takedown.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brunson
Round 3: Brunson scores with a takedown after a minor exchange and he’s working to secure a potential head-and-arm choke. Larkin fighting it off, but it’s there for the taking of Brunson can secure things. Brunson hasn’t done a whole lot from the top position, but he’s doing just enough to keep the ref from standing them up and he’s two minutes away from the victory. Larkin pops out and is trying ot get free to land and he hits him with a stiff elbow.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brunson
Derek Brunson def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Yancy Medeiros vs. Damon Jackson
We open up the pay-per-view broadcast with lightweights Yancy Medeiros (9-2) and Damon Jackson (9-0).
Medeiros hasn’t earned an official win since 2010 when he defeated Gareth Joseph, going 0-2 with one no-contest since. Jackson is making his debut with the UFC and is a replacement for Justin Edwards.
Round 1: Medeiros with a stiff kick, but Jackson immediately answers with a thunderous amount of lefts and rights. Medeiros fires back with his own shot and these two are not backing down. Good front-kick by Jackson to the chest and he comes in low, lands a right, locks onto the body and is attempting a toss. A low blow halts the action, but we’re back to fighting almost immediately. Quick left jab from Medeiros, who appears to be getting loose and is ready to attack. Overhand right from Jackson and Medeiros lands a left uppercut as Nate Diaz shouts instruction from his corner. Wild scramble results in Medeiros on his feet, hammering away with shots.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Medeiros
Round 2: Jackson comes flying out at Medeiros, switching stances several times in the early going. Medeiros locks in a guillotine and Jackson goes out. He’s out on the canvas after Medeiros releases the hold. That was extremely quick and was more of a reverse bulldog choke that finished it off. Jackson tried to turn away from the submission and got caught.
Yancy Medeiros def. Damon Jackson via submission (reverse guillotine choke) at 1:54 of Round 2
Ramsey Nijem vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira
Our second straight lightweight contest features Ramsey Nijem (9-4) putting his two-fight win streak on the line against the unbeaten Carlos Diego Ferreira (10-0).
Nijem has topped Beneil Dariush and Justin Edwards already this year, while Ferreira earned a submission victory over Colton Smith in his Octagon debut in June.
Round 1: They come out firing and throwing, with Nijem getting the better of the exchange. Kicks from Ferreira in response, including a nice front-kick that connects. Nijem with a left-hook that lands clean to the face. Nijem drops him with a shot and Ferreira pulls guard. He’s got just under three minutes, but we are right back to the feet. Nijem drops him a second time in this round with a right. Ferreira lands his best strike and drops Nijem, pouncing immediately. They roll and Ferreira winds up with an arm. He’s got 30 seconds to work and get it, switching to a triangle choke but Nijem gets out.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nijem
Round 2: Ferreira connects and he’s transitioned to a perfect guillotine choke just seconds in. Ferreira is adjusting as Nijem tries to work free, and he does. As Nijem comes in with a shot, Ferreira counters and drops him. Ferreira pounces, lands several uncontested shots and this one is all over.
Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Ramsey Nijem via TKO (strikes) at 1:53 of Round 2
Shayna Baszler vs. Bethe Correia
Two ladies just itching to punch each other in the face square off in our next bout, as Shayna Baszler (15-8) seeks revenge for her fallen “Four Housewomen” against Bethe Correia (8-0).
Baszler hasn’t fought since last year when she fell to Alexis Davis. She competed on The Ultimate Fighter, and had her original debut postponed. Correia earned a win over Jessamyn Duke earlier this year with Baszler Octagon-side.
Round 1: Baszler immediately ties up Correia against the fence, digging her head and landing a knee. Correia drops down and they are in half-guard. Full-guard now for Baszler, who has Josh Barnett in her corner. Baszler seeking a possible arm or choke, softening her up with elbows to the head. She’s got Correia stuck, and appears to be talking to her. Correia slips free and is back to her feet. Perfect 1-2 from Baszler lands and she clinches again.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Baszler
Round 2: Correia lands with some power shots and is now doing damage from in close, throwing knees and jabs to the body. They are standing and trading and Baszler is in trouble. Correia is peppering her with lefts and rights, taking some big, heavy breathes. Correia with a left-right-left combo that lands and is getting teed off on. She told the ref she is fine, but he’s watching it closely. More nasty shots by Correia, who just keeps landing as Baszler stands and eats them. John McCarthy has seen enough and calls this one with Baszler exhausted on her feet.
Bethe Correia def. Shayna Baszler via TKO (strikes) at 1:56 of Round 2
Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson
A pair of lightweights will square off in the co-main event, as Danny Castillo (17-6) meets Tony Ferguson (15-3).
Castillo has put together a 6-2 record over his last eight, including a recent second round knockout of Charlie Brenneman. Ferguson, a former Ultimate Fighter winner, has won two straight since a loss to Michael Johnson in 2012.
Round 1: No touch of gloves, as these two have not been kind to one another lately. Ferguson comes right out and is throwing leg kicks, looking to slow Castillo down. He also stuffs a takedown attempt. Several right hands from Castillo land, and he throws a pair of power rights, as well. Great exchange and Ferguson locks up a standing choke. He drops down with the D’arce applied, holding him for now in place. Ferguson has two minutes left and he continues to apply pressure with the choke. Castillo remains patient and gets free.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferguson
Round 2: Ferguson coming out after Castillo to start, firing off big-time leg kicks. He continues to come forward, applying the pressure to Castillo. Castillo shoots in off a right, but gets denied. He does follow up with a stiff left to the face and another, starting to put things together. They roll and both go for a leglock. Castillo winds up on top and in side control with two-plus minutes to work. He’s transitioned to half-guard and needs a strong finish to score this round in his favor. Ferguson slips out, Castillo reverses and is back inside the guard. Great elbows from the bottom by Ferguson, as Castillo isn’t doing much in terms of offense.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferguson
Round 3: Castillo swings away with a combo and avoids the leg kicks. Ferguson rolls, winds up with his arm and is looking for a possible kimura on the right arm. He steps over and has a great chance to secure it, but Castillo slips out. Castillo with a takedown, but he’s yet to do anything with it. Ferguson stands up, but gets taken right back down. Castillo mounts and hammers away with right hands.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Castillo
Tony Ferguson def. Danny Castillo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
T.J. Dillashaw (c) vs. Joe Soto for the UFC bantamweight championship
We’ve arrived at the new main event for the night, as former Bellator champion Joe Soto (15-2) will make his Octagon debut against T.J. Dillashaw (10-2) for the UFC bantamweight title.
Soto has won six in a row since a 2011 submission loss to Eddie Yagin. That includes four submission wins of his own during his run and another victory via TKO.
Dillashaw became the UFC champion this past May when he finished Renan Barao. He was scheduled to meet Barao, but the Brazilian was removed after a weight-cut issue.
Round 1: Very relaxed champion during weigh-ins, smiling during his intro. Soto moving away, looking to find his distance. Leg kick sweeps Soto off his feet. Soto catches a kick but eats several right hands. He’s got a leg, Dillashaw transitions to the back and has a modified body triangle secured. Just over three minutes left in the round and a “T.J.” chant breaks out. Soto gets out, but eats a knee and a right. That exchange appears to have calmed his nerves. Soto fires off a huge right that just misses. They exchange and Dillashaw gets the better of it with a right. Dillashaw blocks a kick and lands two rights. Soto with a nice leg kick and lands a combo to end the round, smiling at Dillashaw. They slap hands at the end of the round.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dillashaw
Round 2: Soto coming out after Dillashaw and he lands a pair of heavy right hands, and a third, and a fourth. He motions for Dillashaw to bring it, and the champion lands a knee. Dillashaw putting his hand up to block the right now, but it is the challenger stalking him. Combo from Dillashaw, as he fires off an uppercut that lands. Soto gets in with a left and he pushes forward, only to eat a knee. Flurry of strikes land by Dillashaw. Left from Soto connects. He comes in again, Dillashaw fires off a combo, but Soto blocks them. Soto has been blocking a lot of strikes, but the uppercut continues to get through.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Soto
Round 3: Dillashaw with a combo that backs Soto up against the fence, and the champion is coming out the aggressor. Both fighters appear to have some facial wounds and swelling, but Dillashaw is dominating this round with shots to the body and face. He appears to be getting in a groove, fighting off a takedown attempt by Soto. Dillashaw has triple the amount of head shots landed halfway through this round and they exchange, standing and banging in the center of the Octagon. Dillashaw with a takedown, transitioning to the back, but Soto gets out.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dillashaw
Round 4: They touch gloves this time to start the championship rounds. Dillashaw just misses with a high kick. Still plenty of punches in bunches for Dillashaw, who just has an incredible gas tank. Soto trying to back him into a corner, but the champion comes out firing. After a pair of shots from Soto, Dillashaw scores with his second takedown of the fight.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dillashaw
Round 5: Soto shoots for a takedown, but is denied for a fourth time. Dillashaw has never been taken down in his UFC career. He’s come out swinging too, just like he did in the fifth against Barao and well up on the scorecards. Good body shot lands and a kick. Just like that, Dillashaw connects and he drops Soto. This one is all over, just like his championship-win over Barao.
T.J. Dillashaw def. Joe Soto via KO (head-kick/right-hand) at 2:20 of Round 5 to retain the UFC bantamweight championship
EA Sports has put together a simulation to predict this Saturday night’s main event fight at UFC 177 between bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao.
Earlier this year, Dillashaw stunned Barao with a fifth round TKO victory, dominating the former champion for the better part of 20-plus minutes.
According to the simulators, the outcome will be different this time around, with Barao scoring a decision victory. Check out highlights courtesy “EA Sports: UFC” in the video below:
“UFC Tonight” took a closer look at the main event Saturday night between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao for the bantamweight title at UFC 177.
Stepping in as a guest host, Daniel Cormier let it be known that he feels there is one key area where the contest could shift.
“I think fight starts even before Barao goes into the Octagon. I was on his last card and he had the plastic on Tuesday before the fight. He has to manage his weight before the fight,” Cormier said. “In the fight, he needs to cut Dillashaw off and not follow him around. For Dillashaw, he needs to use his footwork, be fast, and mix in some takedowns this time because now Barao is ready for a striking battle with him.”
Brian Stann, also appearing as a guest host, discussed the striking aspect of the contest. Dillashaw dominated there in the first meeting before finishing Barao in the fifth.
“He has to cut off TJ and punch with him. He’s slower, but has heavier hands. He needs to strike first. He’s got to slow down Dillashaw – punch with him, not wait for him. And he needs to land the kicks,” Stann said. “For Dillashaw, he has to take away the confidence of Barao right away. After being dominated last time, Barao will have doubt in the back of his mind. If TJ can land some punches and do it again, it will make Barao doubt himself again. We could see another dominant victory by Dillashaw.”
And Kenny Florian pointed out a more aggressive approach by Barao if he wants to reclaim the title.
“He’s more of a counter-striker,” Florian said. “He’s a power striker. In the first fight, TJ was landing shots and getting out back out quickly. Barao needs to do direct attacks, right down the middle, with leg kicks and feint a little more.”
UFC vice president of regulatory affairs, Marc Ratner, is planning to introduce random and unannounced drug testing for fighters – even when they are not scheduled to compete.
In a report by ESPN, Ratner confirmed plans to begin the process by the end of 2014.
“We are meeting with different companies right now and we’re going to have out-of-competition testing,” Ratner said. “We’re not sure when it’s going to start, but we’re working on it right now.
“Unannounced blood and urine is going to happen, hopefully in the next three or four months. When you’re talking about 500 fighters, there are a lot of logistics. Having fighters in foreign countries makes it tougher, but we’re coming up with a plan and (agencies) are making proposals to us in the next two weeks.”
The UFC has tried to take a stiffer stance in the war against using illegal and banned substances, taking away “Fight Night” bonuses for those that fail tests. They also joined the Nevada Athletic Commission in doing away with TRT.
“The UFC will be randomly testing a percentage of fighters,” Ratner said. “When we decide on this regiment, it’s going to be a big cost but it’s well worth it when we do these out-of-competition tests.”
Earlier this year, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones requested random blood tests before his fight with Glover Teixeira. Georges St-Pierre has taken a stand in regards to doing the random tests, as well many other fighters.