Recently it was announced that UFC 186 will not feature the highly anticipated rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao after all, and the latter has informed the bantamweight champ his “time will come.”
Unless you only look in on the MMA world occasionally, chances are you’ve heard that Dillashaw has fractured his rib, and will no longer fight Barao on April 25th. This marks the second time a rematch between the two has fallen through, as last August, Barao incurred serious issues while cutting weight and had to drop out right before UFC 177. Dillashaw faced last minute replacement Joe Soto, and KO’d the vet in the fifth round.
“Guys, as you all might know, my opponent T.J. Dillashaw got hurt and we won’t fight on April 25 anymore. It’s a shame because I was preparing myself the best way possible for this fight.
Therefore, I only have one thing to say at this moment: Dillashaw, you can run, but you can’t hide. Your time will come and you will have to do everything you say you’re going to do, without running, or I’ll make you swallow your own words.
I will be waiting.”
Obviously it’s an unfortunate setback, but since Dillashaw’s injury isn’t believed to be too serious, hopefully the UFC will rebook the fight soon.
Barao had gone undefeated in 32 straight bouts before he faced Dillashaw at UFC 173, and at the time, most folks believed the Brazilian’s reign would continue. Since their first encounter, and then Barao’s withdrawal at UFC 177, their rivalry has reached new heights. So, in other words, the rematch could be something special.
Due to Dillashaw’s injury, the new headliner for UFC 186 is a flyweight scrap between Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi. The event will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
The card’s new co-main event is reportedly the light-heavyweight bout between “Rampage” Jackson and Fabio Maldonado (assuming Bellator’s unable to prevent Jackson’s UFC return).