UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 Fight Card, TV Info, Predictions and More

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 28, 2014

May 24, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA;   TJ Dillashaw (blue) lands a kick on Renan Barao (red) during their UFC 173 bantamweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Dillashaw won the bout by way of TKO. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The rematch between former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao and reigning 135-pound king T.J. Dillashaw is one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year. It headlines UFC 177 on Saturday from Dillashaw's hometown of Sacramento, California, so fans should expect a raucous crowd on hand at the Sleep Train Arena.

In the first fight, Dillshaw executed a perfect game plan centered around lateral movement and effective and accurate striking. Dillashaw connected on 140 of 309 significant strikes, while Barao landed just 64 of 273.

Dillashaw surgically dismantled an opponent who had appeared to be a fighter without weakness in the last three years.

The loss snapped a 32-fight win streak for Barao that had lasted more than nine years. Can Dillashaw do it again? That's what everyone wants to know.

Here's a breakdown of the entire card, predictions for each bout and viewing information. For a more detailed look at the top three bouts, check out the analysis just after the table.

UFC 177: Viewing Info, Card and Predictions
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary
MatchupWeight ClassPrediction
Chris Wade vs. Cain CarrizosaLightweightCarrizosa by submission
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary
MatchupWeight ClassPrediction
Joe Soto vs. Anthony BirchakBantamweightBirchak by TKO
Ruan Potts vs. Anthony HamiltonHeavyweightHamilton by KO
Scott Jorgensen vs. Henry CejudoFlyweightCejudo by TKO
Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek BrunsonMiddleweightBrunson by TKO
PPV Main Card
Yancy Medeiros vs. Damon JacksonLightweightJackson by submission
Ramsey Nijem vs. Carlos Diego FerreiraLightweightFerreira by decision
Bethe Correia vs. Shayna BaszlerWomen's BantamweightCorreia by decision
Tony Ferguson vs. Danny CastilloLightweightFerguson by TKO
UFC Bantamweight Title - (c) T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan BaraoBantamweightBarao by submission
Card per UFC, picks by Brian Mazique


Bethe "Pitbull" Correia Will Take Down Another Horsewoman

After Bethe Correia defeated Jessamyn Duke in her previous fight, she held up four fingers and slowly dropped one of them.

It was a shot at the self-proclaimed Four Horsewomen of MMA: Ronda Rousey, Duke, Marina Shafir and Shayna Baszler. The UFC immediately saw the awesomeness in Correia's gesture and booked her against Baszler.

Apr 26, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA;  Bethe Correia (right) lands a head shot on Jessamyn Duke during the second round  in UFC 172 at Baltimore Arena. Correia defeated Duke by judges decision.  Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Can Correia take down half of the crew?

You bet she can. Correia is not especially strong as a striker. She's only finished one opponent in her eight professional fights. That said, she's undefeated, and it's not because of luck.

Correia simply wins rounds, and it's based on her activity and relentless approach. The 5'4" dynamo overwhelms her opponents, and that's likely to be the case on Saturday against Baszler.

The Pitbull will win by unanimous decision.


El Cucuy Will Be Too Long and Athletic for Last Call

May 24, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tony Ferguson (red) watches Katsunori Kikuno (blue) fall to the mat after landing a TKO punch during their UFC 173 welterweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ferguson won the bout by TKO. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sy

Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson is putting together a solid run in the UFC. Since debuting in 2011, Ferguson is 5-1 with the only defeat coming to Michael Johnson via decision in 2012.

In Ferguson's last fight, he spectacularly finished Katsunori Kikuno with a vicious right hand. He had worn him down with excellent technique on the ground, and he simply depleted his fatigued opponent with the power shot.

Danny "Last Call" Castillo scored an impressive KO of his own over Charlie Brenneman in his last fight, but he will be facing an impediment similar to the one Kikuno faced with Ferguson.

Ferguson is too long and skilled on the ground. He'll wear Castillo down on the mat and then stop him in the second round.


Renan Barao Will Avenge His Loss to Dillashaw

Are you ready for a trilogy? That's what's on the way for MMA fans after Barao takes back the UFC bantamweight title.

Dillashaw fought a perfect fight in the first meeting, and he'll need to do the same thing against Barao in the rematch. 

Instead of attempting to strike with the lightning quick and confident champion, Barao will go back to his submission and grappling roots. While Dillashaw is no slouch in this department, he clearly has a better chance of winning if he keeps the fight standing as he did in the first fight.

Barao wanted to oblige him before, but he has to realize that's not the way to beat Dillashaw.

As devastating as Barao had become as a striker, it's easy to forget he also owns 14 wins by submission in his career. My prediction is that the number grows to 15 after he sinks in a rear-naked choke to regain his title.


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