Like we said in our previous post about UFC 173, we knew it wouldn’t take long for the to find a replacement fight for the main event for the card after was forced to pull out of the title defence against Lyoto Machida because of a knee injury.
Believe it or not, UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao stepped up to the plate and will now face No. 5 ranked bantamweight contender T.J. Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 173 on May 24, 2014. Which is kind of surprising since Barao just defeated Dillashaw’s teammate Urijah Faber at UFC 169 in February. Personally speaking, I think it’s a big mistake for Dillashaw to take this fight on short notice since his overall skillset is still less superior than Faber’s, who got whooped by Barao twice already.
Dillashaw was originally scheduled to fight Takeya Mizugaki on the UFC 173 card, but a replacement for Mizugaki is still in the works. In the meantime, check out the updated card right below.
Main Card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic
Takeya Mizugaki vs. TBA
Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
James Krause vs. Jamie Varner
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Mitch Clarke vs. Al Iaquinta
Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Yves Edwards vs. Piotr Hallmann
Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia
Jingliang Li vs. Danny Mitchell