“Newly-minted champion TJ Dillashaw makes his first title defense against former bantamweight king Renan Barao at UFC 177. Dillashaw is out to show his first performance was no fluke, while Barao wants to prove he’s still the best in the division.”
Here is the play by play from the first fight:
Round 1: Dillashaw, Barao, title fight, main event spotlight. Dillashaw with lefts and rights, he lands a leg kick. Dillashaw misses an uppercut. Dillashaw with a leg kick, Barao misses a head kick. Dillashaw nails one. Dillashaw misses a bicycle kick. Barao with a body kick. Dillashaw with a leg kick and these guys are all over the place. Dillashaw with an uppercut, Dillashaw with a body kick. Barao with a leg kick, Dillashaw tags Barao with a left. Barao misses a body kick, Barao with a nice straight right counter. They exchange kicks. Dillashaw tags Barao again, but Barao is swinging, just can’t land anything. Dillashaw light on his feet, Dillashaw misses an uppercut. Bara with a nice kick, strike combo. Dillashaw with a huge right hand that drops Barao. WOW Dillashaw tries to finish, Barao goes for a heel hook, but lets it go. Dillashaw tries to finish, he lands a hammer fist, he gets his back and locks in a rear naked choke, but can’t get it and we end the round with a big head kick to Barao. GOOD GOD WHAT A ROUND!
Round 2: Barao misses a head kick, Barao with a nice left, right combo. They exchange, Barao with a knee to the body. Dillashaw misses a superman punch, Barao misses a head kick. Dillashaw is cut on the right side of his face, he tags Barao with a right hook. Dillashaw with a right hook and Barao with a left hook. Barao throwing, but not landing. Barao with a leg kick, Dillashaw answers. Dillashaw with a head kick, he nails another one and then they exchange. Dillashaw with a left hook. Barao misses an overhand right. Barao with spinning back kick to the body. They exchange, Dillashaw goes for a takedown, and gets it. Barao back to his feet, Dillashaw looks for a guillotine, but nothing. They are standing, Barao kicks him in the nuts, we pause and back into action. Dillashaw with an overhand right, Barao answers. Dillashaw misses a head kick and eats a right hand by Barao. Dillashaw misses an uppercut, but tags a right hand. Barao fires, but misses. They exchange leg kicks, Dillashaw misses a right hook. They are throwing bombs, but missing their targets. Barao with a nice combo, Dillashaw with a body kick. He nails a left hook to the body. Dillashaw with a nice jab and they finish the round.
Round 3: Barao with a body kick, Dillashaw with a right jab. They exchange, Dillashaw with an overhand right. Dillashaw with a high kick, He misses a combo. Barao with a leg kick, Dillashaw with a right hook. Barao misses a head kick. Barao with more body kicks, but Dillashaw fires with a left jab. Dillashaw really mixing up his strikes. Barao with a strike, Dillashaw with another tag and then a head kick. Barao is hurt, Dillashaw with a nice combo. Barao with a body kick, Dillashaw with a straight left. Barao with a side kick to the face. Dillashaw with a step in jab, they exchange. Dillashaw in and out, landing his shots. Dillashaw with a head kick, Barao with a body kick. Dillashaw with straight left, Barao is bleeding from the nose. They exchange, but Dillashaw is getting the better of the two. Barao got poked, Dillashaw with more strikes and then tries to take him down, they clinch on the fence, with Dillashaw having under hooks to end the round.
Round 4: Dillashaw goes for a single leg, but blocked. Dillashaw with a body shot. Barao with a body kick. Dillashaw with a head kick, Barao with a leg kick. Dillashaw with a right hook, Barao mixing up his kicks. Dillashaw pressing forward, landing more and more strikes. Dillashaw with a straight left that hurts Barao. Dillashaw with a right jab, with a left jab. Barao with a spinning back kick, Dillashaw tags Barao, but Barao tags Dillashaw. TJ with two more lefts that hurt Barao. Dillashaw with a right hook, Barao misses a big right head kick. Dillashaw puts him on the fence while they clinch. Dillashaw with a nice elbow, they get out of the clinch and go back to striking. Dillashaw with a left, right, that drops Barao. He goes for a guillotine, but lets it go. Dillashaw in half guard, firing away with a minute left. Barao goes for the leg, but Dillashaw cuts him off. He lands a few strikes to end the round.
Round 5: Is TJ Dillashaw one round away from the gold? Final round! Barao looks tired, wonder why? Anyways, Dillashaw with a leg kick. Barao with a body shot, Barao misses a spinning back kick. Dillashaw with two straight rights, he lands a leg kick. Barao misses a right hand, Dillashaw misses a left. Dillashaw with a right hook, left jab combo. Barao misses a flying knee. Dillashaw with more jabs, Dillashaw with a head kick that hurts Barao and he finishes Barao on the ground. WOW
Result: T.J. Dillashaw def. Renan Barao via TKO (punches) – Round 5, 2:26 – to claim bantamweight title