TJ Dillashaw defended his UFC bantamweight crown with a definitive fourth round TKO victory over former champ Renan Barao at UFC Fight Night Chicago.
Similiar to their first fight, Dillashaw was too fast and was able to penetrate Barao’s defence at will, despite a more prepared and offensive counterattack from Barao.
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CTV TWO MAIN CARD
JOE LAUZON VS TAKANORI GOMI
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOE LAUZON VIA TKO
WINNER: JOE LAUZON VIA TKO R1 2:37
Andrews: Lauzon weathered Gomi’s strikes, got the fight to the ground and after taking the back, rained down strikes that forced the stoppage. Excellent win for J-Lo.
#7 EDSON BARBOZA VS PAUL FELDER
ANDREWS PREDICTION: EDSON BARBOZA VIA SPLIT-DECISION
WINNER: EDSON BARBOZA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Andrews: Barboza outstruck Felder as predicted, but the fans won as we got to see a great fight. Definitely look to see more from both fighters going forward.
#2 MIESHA TATE VS JESSICA EYE
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIESHA TATE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: MIESHA TATE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Andrews: Eye did well striking wise, but once again the smarts of Miesha forced the fight to the ground at pivotal moments and swung the momentum. If Eye can improve her ground game, she can leapfrog into the title-shot conversation.
BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE MATCH MAIN EVENT
TJ DILLASHAW (C) VS #1 RENAN BARAO
ANDREWS PREDICTION: TJ DILLASHAW VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: TJ DILLASHAW VIA TKO R4 0:35
Andrews: TJ is the man. True to form, he stifled Barao at almost every turn. Barao landed some good shots, but it was not nearly enough as he was dismantled again. Excellent win for TJ.