UFC 173: Fight Week with TJ Dillashaw

Jeremy BotterMMA Senior WriterMay 21, 2014

USA Today

LAS VEGAS — TJ Dillashaw will face the biggest challenge of his life Saturday night.

The Team Alpha Male fighter steps into the Octagon at UFC 173 to face Renan Barao for the UFC bantamweight championship. He is the second Team Alpha Male athlete to face Barao; his teammate and mentor Urijah Faber has twice faced the Brazilian and lost. The stakes are high for Dillashaw as he attempts to become the first from his camp to bring a UFC championship belt back home to Sacramento, California.

Bleacher Report lead mixed martial arts writer Jeremy Botter is embedded with the challenger in Las Vegas. He’ll be providing multiple live-blog updates each day, with the intention of giving readers a glimpse into Dillashaw’s life as he endures endless fight-week obligations and puts the finishing touches on his preparations for Barao.

Stay tuned to this post for updates.