The TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao rematch, in Sacramento, California (where the Team Alpha Male — the fight camp Dillashaw is a part of — hails) isn’t going to happen tonight.
Before the weigh-ins yesterday, Barao passed out.
Dillashaw will still be fighting, though, and in Barao’s place is Joe Soto, who’s never fought in the UFC but is a former Bellator Bantamweight champion and is on a six fight win streak. I don’t know much about Soto other than that, so I won’t even attempt to write a prediction post for tonight’s event.
This year, the UFC’s witnessed various promising fight cards be ixnayed for either injuries or guys being removed from cards for artificially elevated hormonal levels. UFC 175 was originally supposed to feature Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort; UFC 176 was cancelled because Jose Aldo got hurt; UFC 177 was going to feature Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson before that fight was moved to 178 (more on that in a moment) and then was going to feature what was aforementioned; UFC 178’s Jones/Gus fight was tossed aside once Gus got injured before Daniel Cormier stepped in to challenge Jones only for Jones to experience an injury that will push that fight back until January, which now renders that card into featuring the flyweight title being on the line.
As a fan, I’m hoping for the best for the events later this year, but I sure as hell am not going to hold my breath in anticipation.