It appears that there will be no rematch between ex Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao and current champ T.J. Dillashaw. Now Dillashaw is looking ahead and might already have an opponent picked out.
When Do You Want To Fight Next? “I can be ready to fight whenever, he said to MMA Junkie. The UFC has a time frame as far as booking their fights. I think they’re booked all the way to September. So that would be a good time right there, September-October.”
T.J. Dillashaw (10-2) has three knockouts, three submissions and three decision victories in his MMA career while only being knocked out once. He made his UFC debut against John Dodson, which he lost via via TKO at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale on Dec / 03 / 2011. He then won four straight fights against Walel Watson via unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 1 – Sanchez vs. Ellenberger on Feb / 15 / 2012, Vaughan Lee via neck crank submission at UFC on Fuel TV 4 – Munoz vs. Weidman on Jul / 11 / 2012.
How Does He Feel Fighting Raphael Assuncao? “I think it’s an exciting fight both ways. I don’t care where the fight happens. I think it would be a win-win for everybody. Hopefully they put it together. It was a close fight, our records, guys we’ve beat.”
Dillashaw then went on to beat Mike Easton via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Rockhold vs. Philippou on Jan / 15 / 2014. In his last fight, he did the unthinkable when he knocked off Renan Barao at UFC 173.
We still do not know a date as of now, but T.J. Dillashaw will make his first title defense against Raphael Assuncao later this year.