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After The Crossfire – UFC Chicago: Dillashaw vs Barao 2

 

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.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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MMA Crossfire Expert Kenai Andrews checks in:

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CTV TWO MAIN CARD 

JOE LAUZON VS TAKANORI GOMI

UFC Chicago
Joe Lauzon takes down Takanori Gomi of Japan in their lightweight bout during the UFC event at the United Center on July 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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

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CHICAGO, IL – JULY 25: (L-R) Edson Barboza of Brazil kicks Paul Felder in their lightweight bout during the UFC event at the United Center on July 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25:   (R-L) Miesha Tate kicks Jessica Eye in their women's bantamweight bout during the UFC event at the United Center on July 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JULY 25: (R-L) Miesha Tate kicks Jessica Eye in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC event at the United Center on July 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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 

UFC Chicago
TJ Dillashaw punches Renan Barao of Brazil in their UFC bantamweight championship bout during the UFC event at the United Center on July 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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