After news broke that former UFC Champion Renan Barao had to pull out of his schedule fight with Champion T.J. Dillashaw due to illness, UFC President Dana White spoke with the media about the situation and he stated that Barao will have to wait for another title fight.
“This was his shot. He was getting his rematch. Now Dillashaw is going to fight tomorrow night. If he wins, he moves on to the next guy, and Barao will fight somebody else when he’s ready to come back.”
“When you deplete all the electrolytes from your body, you literally become paralyzed. I woke up a couple of months ago in bed and was paralyzed and couldn’t walk, couldn’t move, couldn’t do anything. It freaked me out. … It’s legit. When you lose the electrolytes in your body, you become paralyzed.”
“He has the money to go out and get a real nutritionist. You’ve got to have a real guy watching you when you’re cutting weight like that, just handing you your food. It’s one less thing for you to worry about. Hand you your food. ‘This is what you drink.’ And monitoring you, making sure you’re where you should be. And obviously, his guy wasn’t good enough. He needs to get a real nutritionist.”
“Maybe that’s another option: (Barao) goes to 145. And if he doesn’t want to fight Aldo, then Aldo goes to 155 and fights Pettis.”
UFC 177 goes down this Saturday night (8/30) on PPV, Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fight Pass. The main event will be TJ Dillashaw Vs. Joe Soto, the co-main event will see Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson. The event airs from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The show starts with Cain Carriozsa vs. Chris Wade at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass. The rest of the prelim side of this card starts at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 with Joe Soto vs. Anthony Birchak. The real fights with the main card at 10 p.m. ET with Damon Jackson vs. Yancy Medeiros on pay-per-view. We will be providing live play-by-play coverage for each fight, as well as having minute to minute updates through the night and after the fights happen. Also, stay tuned for the post event news.