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UFC 177 Results: Dillashaw Retains Title

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – TJ Dillashaw retained his bantamweight title on a a fight card that lost two fights and saw a change-up in the main event bout less than a day before the event, UFC 177 delivered with several great fights, great finishes and plenty of side stories to carry mixed martial arts fans to next round of UFC fights next weekend.

The main event, originally scheduled to be a bantamweight championship fight rematch between the new champ, TJ Dillashaw (12-2), and the No. 1 contender and former champ Renan “The Baron” Barao (34-2, 1 NC) was altered due to both Baroa’s inability to make weight and his passing out episode on the day of the weigh-in.

Instead Joe “One Bad Mofo” Soto (15-3) stepped up from his previously scheduled fight on the same card to a UFC debut in a title fight in Baroa’s place. The fight didn’t disappoint, getting to the fifth round, which was unexpected out of the newcomer shifting from Bellator MMA for his first UFC fight.

Dillashaw landed a huge head kick in the fifth and finished off Soto with a barrage of punches on the mat to successfully defend his title in his first title defense.

Lightweight Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (18-3) won by a split decision (29-28 twice, 28-29) over Danny “Last Call” Castillo (17-8) in a battle of experienced scrappers. The crowd voiced its disagreement with the decision but UFC President Dana White tweeted his thoughts.

“I agree with the judges on that.”

“Tony did all the work on the ground and Danny tried to just hold him down.”

The women’s bantamweight bout saw No. 10 contender Bethe “Pitbull” Correia (9-0) remained unbeaten and knocked off another of “The Four Horsewomen” with a second round stoppage against Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (15-9).

Lightweight Deigo Ferreira (11-0) also remains undefeated with a second round stoppage against Ramsey Nijem (10-5).

In another lightweight bout Yancy Medeiros (10-2, 1 NC) defeated previously unbeaten Damon “The Leech” Jackson (9-1) with a second round standing guillotine submission.

Middleweight Derek Brunson (12-3) dominated Lorenz Larkin (14-4, 1 NC) and won by a unanimous decision.

Anthony “Freight Train” Hamilton (13-3) blew through Ruan “Fangzz” Potts (8-3) with a stoppage while unloading body shots on the ground in the heavyweight bout.

Chris Wade (8-1) won with an interesting inverted guillotine submission over Cain “The Insane” Carrizosa (6-1) in another lightweight fight.

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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