UFC 186 has taken a big, big hit, as the promotion has announced that bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw has incurred a fractured rib, and as a result, he won’t fight Renan Barao. That fight was supposed to headline the April 25th card, so now the flyweight bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi will be the main event.
According to a post at UFC.com, Dana White initially relayed the news about Dillashaw’s withdrawal while talking to “Los Angeles radio personality Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander on KRRL-FM 92.3.”
No time table has been set for Dillashaw’s return and the announcement didn’t say if Barao will remain on the card. Considering Dillashaw likely won’t be sidelined for months, however, one would think the UFC will wait and rebooked the fight.
So, this is the second time now Dillashaw-Barao II has been scrapped. The bantamweights were scheduled to rematch at UFC 177 last August, but Barao ran into serious issues cutting weight and the fight was cancelled one day prior. Dillashaw went on to stop Joe Soto in the fifth round.
Barao and Dillashaw met for the first time at UFC 173 last May, and the latter took the title by fifth round, stoppage.
UFC 186 will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.