The UFC is bringing their show to Sacramento the home of Team Alpha Male for UFC 177. It feels like months have passed since the last pay-per-view after the cancellation of UFC 176 due to injury. The injury bug has effected the company a lot this year and it even took a toll on this card as well. Let’s face it UFC 177 isn’t the best card the promotion has put on this year but it’s still a damn good card.
The reason to watch this card is for the rematch between the champion T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao for the bantamweight championship. This will be a quick turn around of 99 days to get these two men back in the octagon. In the last fight Dillashaw rocked the former champion with an overhand right in the first round that dropped Barao. From that point on Dillashaw showed off all of this speed and skills in the cage to ultimately win by TKO in the fifth round. After the excellent performance of Dillashaw and the respect for Barao UFC president Dana White called for a rematch in Dillashaw’s backyard.
The question is what will we see this Saturday when these two men square off.
Going into the last fight many people over looked Dillashaws’ incredible talent. The improvements he has made since first stepping onto the scene on The Ultimate Fighter in 2011 has been amazing. This all happened with the help of his head coach Duane Ludwig and his “Bang Muai Thai” fighting system. Dillashaw’s accuracy and talent for landing his strikes mixed with his speed is what gave Barao so much trouble last fight. After the clinic he put on many people forgot he is an amazing wrestler with submission ability with an amazing ground defense. Dillashaw has never been submitted in his 12 fight career.
Barao is a beast and one of the top guys on the UFC roster. Before his loss he went 32 fights without losing. The fact that Barao was able to survive the first round drop by Dillashaw shows he can with stand damage. The question is has he had a enough time to recover from the knock out earlier this year. Barao has knockout power that is some of the best in the 135 division. If he connects with his combination of kicks and punches it could be an early stoppage for the former champion. He is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under Andre Pederneiras and isn’t afraid to go to the ground. One of the negatives of Barao’s career is he is very big and cuts a lot of weight to fight at 135. Will his cardio and speed be enough for the rematch?
This is a hard fight to pick a winner in after the clinic Dillashaw put on and the history of Barao. I believe that Dillashaw will once again show off his speed and skills to keep the belt in a five round decision.
The co-main on this card is Dillashaw’s teammate Danny Castillo vs Tony Ferguson. Both of these guys are very confident coming off a knock out victories. This fight will be very important as to who moves up the ladder in the stacked lightweight division.
Castillo is a talented striker with solid wrestling skills. He has been a roller coaster through out his career with wins and loses coming in with a record of 17-6. His last performance was an impressive with a one punch knock out in the second round over Charlie Brenneman. Getting a chance to fight in his home town as the co-main with his teammate is a big deal for his career. The question is can he take advantage of that moment and keep climbing the ladder?
Ferguson is coming in off a solid knock out victory over Katsunori Kikuno. He is the season 13 champion of The Ultimate Fighter and has made a name for himself in the division. He is 15-3 in his career with a 5-1 record in the octagon. He is an all around fighter a division two wrestling champion, powerful striker and with a submission game to match. He likes to use his speed to set the pace using the counter punch to his advantage. He does have holes in his game being an early starter and leaving his head out for the punch.
This should be an exciting fight but I believe Ferguson is to much for Castillo and believe he will come out with the victory.
There are three more exciting fight on this card. The return of Shayna Baszler in her UFC debut against the hungry Bethe Correia who looks to continue her winning streak over the four horse-women and the women’s division. A battle in the lightweight division between Ramsey Nijem and Carlos Diego Ferreira. Last but not least Yancy Medeiros vs Damon Jackson. Jackson is making his UFC debut and was the lightweight champion for Legacy Fighting Championship.
The fight starts at 10 pm EST on Pay-Per-View don’t miss it!