Breaking: Barao sick from weight cut, TJ Dillashaw to fight Joe Soto at UFC 177

Renan Barao
Renan Barao

From the UFC website:

Former UFC bantamweight champion and No. 1 contender Renan Barao has been removed from his UFC 177 rematch against current champion T. J. Dillashaw after Barao reportedly feeling ill during his weight cut.

Barao will be replaced on the card by bantamweight Joe Soto (15-2), the winner of six consecutive fights who was scheduled to fight on the undercard against Anthony Birchak.

The UFC 177 just took the absolute biggest blow ever with Barao not being on the card against Dillashaw.

Soto is a former Bellator featherweight champion and had been fighting for the Tachi Palace Fights organization since 2012. There’s no word yet on who will replace Soto in the bout against Anthony Birchak.

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