TJ Dillashaw vs Joe Soto Tonight
This Saturday, August 30th, will be the first time TJ Dillashaw (10-2) will get to defend his bantamweight title. The thing is, he was supposed to be facing the same fighter he took the belt from, Renan Barao. In a sudden turn of events, 24 hours before their bout, Barao was pulled from the fight due to medical issues.
Apparently he fainted while attempting to cut weight to reach the 135 pound mark. UFC president Dana White stated that Barao would no longer get his immediate shot at the belt. UFC newcomer Joe Soto has replaced Barao on the card.
Many would think why does a newcomer get such a quick title shot? The answer is simple. He’s not that new to MMA. Soto (15-2) has been fighting since 2006. He’s currently on a six-fight win streak and once held the Bellator featherweight title. Out of his 15 career wins, he has finished 13 of them.
What makes this fight interesting is that the two have trained together. As recently as six weeks ago. One thing many people learned after watching the Dillashaw VS Barao fight in May is that you can never count anyone out in this sport. Be sure to order the pay per view to tune in and see the outcome. This should be a good one. Picture above provided by Fox Sports.
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