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TJ Dillashaw Believes He Has Renan Barao Number

Andrew Ravens

TJ Dillashaw

TJ Dillashaw is looking to repeat history when he faces former UFC Champion Renan Barao this Saturday night at UFC 177 and according to Dillashaw, he has Barao’s number.

“Some called it the perfect performance. I don’t mind rematches, especially when there’s either a controversial decision or super close fights where you don’t know who won the fight. But with Barao, it’s a little bit different situation. I’m getting the rematch because of the fact he was such a great champion for so long.”

“We’re building off what worked for me last time. I proved I can beat the guy. … I’ve got his number. I’m in his head. Now I just have to go back and push repeat.”

TJ Dillashaw (9-2) has three knockouts, three submissions and three decision victories in his MMA career while only being knocked out once. He made his UFC debut against John Dodson, which he lost via via TKO at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale on Dec / 03 / 2011. He then won four straight fights against Walel Watson via unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 1 – Sanchez vs. Ellenberger on Feb / 15 / 2012, Vaughan Lee via neck crank submission at UFC on Fuel TV 4 – Munoz vs. Weidman on Jul / 11 / 2012. He then beat Issei Tamura via KO at UFC 158 – St. Pierre vs. Diaz on Mar / 16 / 2013 and then Hugo Viana via TKO at UFC on Fox 7 – Henderson vs. Melendez on Apr / 20 / 2013. He lost to Raphael Assuncao via split decision at UFC Fight Night – Maia vs. Shields on Oct / 09 / 2013 to snap his four fight winning streak. In his last fight he beat Mike Easton via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Rockhold vs. Philippou on Jan / 15 / 2014. He is coming off a win over Barao at UFC 173.

The main event of UFC 177 is T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao for the Bantamweight title.

UFC 177 takes place Aug. 30 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Its headliner is a rematch from UFC 173 in May between new bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw against ex-champ Renan Barao. The event will air on Fight Pass, Fox Sports 1 and PPV.


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