The UFC announced a Bantamweight Title fight between Champion Renan Barao and TJ Dillashaw will headline the UFC 173 card slated for May 24th. The card was originally headlined by Chris Weidman versus Lyoto Machida, but that was rescheduled for UFC 175 due to a Weidman injury. In steps Barao, who is 32-1 overall and recently sealed his hold on the bantamweight title with another victory over Urijah Faber last month.
Interested in betting on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT 40 card coming April 11th? Or betting any of the other events on the UFC calendar? Look for the lines at BETDSI and open an account now!
Dillashaw has been a hard working UFC veteran dating back to 2011, and he has been riding a solid 5-1 streak in his last 6 fights. His lone loss, to Raphael Assuncao was a split decision that saw him defend take-downs the entire fight and could have gone either way.
But none of this gets him ready for Barao, who has been as dominant as they come and he may still not be getting the full credit he deserves for going 32’1 and basically making the entire weight class look a notch below.
For Barao it makes sense. He only recently shed the ´interim´ label, and he will want to maximize his earnings as the champ (reportedly sponsors were offering him less as he was not a full champion) and grabbing this fight makes sense. But is he ready from a Q score perspective to headline a major UFC event?
Dillashaw too, has nothing to lose. It is another paycheck, and he recently fought in January as well, and the UFC does not give out too many extra fights. Should he win the title, as he is going to be a massive underdog when the line comes out at the books, he will be in ther Chris Weidman role of having to rematch the ex champion and then from there trying to gain respect. That would be a better path to be on than he is on now.
For the UFC however, the UFC 173 event is looking like a light card, so look for another announcement or two to bolster the lineup.