T.J. Dillashaw Out of UFC 186 Due to Injury
The rematch between UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and former belt holder Renan Barao has been postponed after the champion suffered an injury while training.
Major Shake-Up in Card
According to his manager Mike Roberts, Dillashaw suffered a fractured rib during one of last week’s training sessions in Sacramento, California. Dillashaw initially thought that the injury was not that severe and returned to training, but an MRI result on Monday revealed the fracture. He is expected to be out of action for six weeks.
The postponement of the bout was made official on Tuesday by UFC President Dana White who also announced that the co-main event featuring UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi has been promoted to main event status. Consequently, the light heavyweight bout between the comebacking Quinton Jackson and Fabio Maldonado was also moved up as co-main event.
The Dillashaw-Barao rematch was supposed to headline UFCC 186 on April 25 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Moved a Second Time
This postponement is actually the second time this bout has been moved.
After Dillashaw shocked the world with his five round domination of the nearly invincible Barao which ended in a fifth round stoppage at UFC 173 last May 24, 2014, the two were immediately booked for a rematch three months later at UFC 177. However, that bout was scrapped after Barao passed out while trying to cut and make weight on the day before the fight. Dillashaw went on to face Joe Soto whom he also dominated for five rounds before winning by TKO once again.
Barao took some time off because of weight issues. He returned to the octagon to face Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night 58 last December 20, 2014. The former champion earned Performance of the Night honors with a third round arm-triangle choke of Gagnon. With the win, Barao once again earned another shot at the title that once belonged to him. Before he was defeated by Dillashaw, Barao went unbeaten for 33 consecutive fights (32 wins and 1 no-contest). Barao’s only other career loss was during his MMA debut in 2005.
Third Time’s The Charm
Although the fight has been pushed further back, UFC President Dana White said the he expects to book is “sooner than later”. He says while Dillashaw’s camp has not given them yet the date of the Viper’s return, but White expects the six week timetable to stand.
Barao was obviously disappointed with the postponement because he has been long waiting to get his revenge on Dillashaw. He voiced out his frustration and accused Dillashaw of “running away from the fight”. However, what Barao feels right now is what Dillashaw felt at UFC 177 so this postponement just evens it out and makes the world want to see the rematch even more. Let’s hope that the third time is the charm.
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