Dillashaw, Favorite In Rematch Against Barao
SACRAMENTO, CA –
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The American T.J. Dillashaw will make his first appearance as bantamweight division champion when he faces Brazilian Renan Barao during the UFC 177. The event will take place on Saturday, August 30th at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
According to MyTopSportsbooks.com, Dillashaw comes as favorite and he is listed with 1.67 Odds to win this fight while Barao is with 2.3.
The Viper, who is in the eleventh place of the UFC pound by pound ranking, is listed with 2.75 Odds to win by decision or technical decision and with 3.4 to do it by knockout or technical knockout. The American fighter is rated at 11.0 to get the victory by submission.
Dillashaw, 28, has won 11 of his 13 fights, while Barao has a 34-2 record. It will be the second bout between these fighters; the first one was during UFC 173. The American dominated the Brazilian and won the fight via TKO in the fifth round and was considered one of the biggest upsets.
Raphael Assuncao was expected to be Dillashaw’s first opponent, since he is one of the fighters that has defeated him and was part of the main event of UFC 173, where he could not participate due to a rib injury.
One of the fights that has generated great expectation is the one between Scott Jorgensen and Henry Cejudo, who will be making his debut in the UFC. Cejudo will be the third winner of the Olympic gold medal in wrestling to fight in the octagon, joining Kevin Jackson and Mark Schultz.
In the co-featured bout, current champion Demetrious Johnson will defend his Flyweight title against Chris Cariaso. The Mighty Mouse is favorite to get his 21st victory and is listed with 1.07 Odds to win while the Kamikaze is with 8.5.
The UFC 177 will also feature the bouts between Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson, Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek Brunson and Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler. They were part of the UFC 176 but it was cancelled.