UFC 177: Baroa Misses Weight, Loses Title Shot


courtesty USA TODAY

courtesy USA TODAY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (11-2) will not be fighting No. 1 contender Renean “The Baron” Barao (34-2, 1 NC) at UFC 177 this Saturday in Sacramento, California. Barao has been removed from the card due to medical issues that surfaced as he cut weight for the fight.

“We have exclusive insider information from an extremely reliable source on the ground that Renan Barao has passed out while cutting weight for his fight against TJ Dillashaw tomorrow at UFC 177, and as a result has pulled out of the fight.” BREAKING: Barao Passes Out While Cutting Weight, Pulls Out Of UFC 177 (www.bjpenn.com)

The champion believes that health is not the only reason that Barao has pulled from the fight.

“He’s scared, he don’t want it,” said Dillashaw in an interview with Joe Rogan, “His coaches wanted the rematch more than he did, he’s never missed weight before. It’s kind of funny that he want to do it now.”

“Every time you see Renan Barao make weight his underwear are falling off of him, and as you continue to get older, maybe it’s time for him to go to 45,” said UFC President Dana White, “and maybe if Aldo doesn’t want to compete against him maybe he goes to 55. I mean it’s something that we’re going to have to look at here.”

Insert Joe “One Bad Mofo” Soto (15-2), who was scheduled to Anthony “El Toro” Birchak (11-1), will now get his shot at the bantamweight title in his UFC debut. Soto was originally part of the undercard and as of this time no replacement has been named to fight Birchak.

“I was lying on the floor in my rest room naked, cooling off on the tiles, and a UFC number was calling me. I was like ‘man, what is this about?,’ said Soto, “And they called me downstairs and asked me if I wanted the shot. And I said I’ll take it.”

The fight card will also be short another fight as Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo (6-0) failed to make weight and was forced out of his scheduled undercard fight with Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen (15-9).

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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