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TJ DillashawSACRAMENTO, Calif. – UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (11-2) is set to defend his title in a rematch against the No. 1 contender, and the man whose title he took in his last fight, Renan “The Baron” Barao (34-2, 1 NC). Dillashaw snagged the title from Barao at UFC 173 last May in Las Vegas.

Dillashaw’s speed seemed to give Barao fights at UFC 173 in Las Vegas as the Californian eventually put the Brazilian to the mat with a stout combination in the fifth round and then forced a stoppage by following up with a ground and pound.

“I’m in his head. He’s changing things up because of me, and I don’t think it’s going to benefit him,” said the new champion about his hopes of a repeat performance, “I have him thinking about it, as soon as the going gets tough he’s going to fall right back into the same thing and I think I’m going to break him.”

The co-main event of UFC 177 is a lightweight fight that matches Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (16-3) against Danny “Last Call” Castillo in a battle of wrestling dominant combatants. Ferguson is riding a two-fight winning streak with his most recent win in a first round stoppage against Katsunori Kikuno (22-6-2) at UFC 173 in May. Castillo is coming off a second round stoppage win in April at UFC 172 over Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman (19-7).

Women’s bantamweight No. 10 contender Bethe “Pitbull” Correia (8-0) faces her next challenge in Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (15-8). Correia brings a combination of striking, jiu jitsu and ground and pound to the octagon against the submission specialist in Baszler.

The “Pitbull” is riding a two-fight winning streak with her last win coming by a unanimous decision against Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke (3-2, 1 NC) at UFC 172 in April. “The Queen of Spades” is making her UFC debut in the fight.

Ramsey Nijem (10-4) looks to hand fellow lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira (10-0) his first loss in the octagon. Nijem has won back-to-back fights and looks to win his third straight against Ferreira who just won his UFC debut.

Nijem’s last win was earned in a first round stoppage against Beneil Dariush at a UFC Fight Night in April while Ferreira defeated Colton Smith (6-4) at a UFC Fight in June. Ferreira is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter while Nijem relies on his conditioning and prefers to finish his fights on the ground.

Yancy Medeiros (9-2, 1 NC) looks to avenge a first round submission loss in UFC 172 at the hands of Jim Miller (24-5, 1 NC) in April against unbeaten Damon Jackson (9-0) who is making his UFC debut in this lightweight bout between a grappler in Jackson and a stand-up fighter in Medeiros.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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