The preliminary fights will air on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. So does UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Dillashaw defends his bantamweight belt against Renan Barao Saturday night from the United Center in Chicago. “Dillashaw is he has the ideal style to beat a guy like Renan Barao and stay champion for a long time”, Johnson told our video partner, Rick J.
But just 24 hours before the originally scheduled rematch at UFC 177 in August of 2014, a hard weight-cut had left Barao on the floor of his hotel room, exhausted and unable to fight, forcing the UFC to book Joe Soto as an extremely late replacement.
A few months later, officials again locked up Dillashaw and Barao, as they were announced for UFC 186. Or will Barao prove it was nothing more than an off-night for him and reclaim the title?
In the first episode of the Embedded series for UFC on Fox 16, we see Team Alpha Male’s Dillashaw working his striking with Master Thong before getting some words of encouragement from fellow UFC bantamweight Chris Holdsworth.
The Cleveland native Eye started out her UFC career with a win over another former Strikeforce champion in Sarah Kaufman (but the bout was eventually overturned to a no contest after Eye failed her post-fight drug test), and then came up short in in a hard-fought split decision loss to Alexis Davis last summer.