Renan Barao won’t get to fight TJ Dillashaw at UFC 186 after all, but the former bantamweight champ is still keeping the heat on the man who ended his storied, undefeated run.
In case you missed it, earlier this week it was announced that Dillashaw has incurred a fractured rib, and as a result, the bantamweight king has pulled out of his April 25th bout with Barao. Of course, any time a big fight like this gets cancelled it’s unfortunate, but this is particularly unsettling, since it marks the second time Dillashaw-Barao II’s been postponed.
Last August, the two were set to fight at UFC 177, but Barao had serious difficulties during his weight cut, and the fight was cancelled last minute. Dillashaw was tapped to fight Joe Soto instead, and won the bout via fifth round, knockout.
“Guys, as you all might know, my opponent T.J. Dillashaw got hurt and we won’t fight on April 25 anymore. It’s a shame because I was preparing myself the best way possible for this fight.
Therefore, I only have one thing to say at this moment: Dillashaw, you can run, but you can’t hide. Your time will come and you will have to do everything you say you’re going to do, without running, or I’ll make you swallow your own words.
I will be waiting.”
Yes, and fortunately, barring any additional setbacks (knock on wood), Barao won’t have to wait too long. Dillashaw is expected to be out for about six weeks, so, one would think the UFC will rebook the fight for sometime in the summer?
Dillashaw and Barao squared off for the first time in May, 2014, and the Team Alpha Male fighter dropped jaws throughout MMA by stopping Barao in the fifth round. Since then, Barao has gone on to submit Mitch Gagnon, which he did at a Fight Night card in December.
Initially, Dillashaw was expected to face former champ Dominick Cruz in his next title defence, but the latter went down with another knee injury.