UFC 173 “Barao Vs. Dillashaw” Live Coverage, Play-By-Play, Results

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view.

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PRELIMINARY CARD

David Michaud vs. JingLiang Li

We begin the night on UFC Fight Pass with welterweights David Michaud and JingLiang Li.

Michaud (7-0), a member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson season, is replacing Danny Mitchell in this fight. Li (8-2) is a former Legend FC champion.

Round 1: Right off the bat and Michaud fires off some nice shots, coming right into the fight with Li, who many have touted as a prospect. Li lands a kick, actively moving his head to try and keep from staying still and in the range of Michaud. Big right-hand misses from Michaud. Stiff left from Michaud, and Li lands a combo to reply. Good counter striking from Li, who is also landing the inside leg kick. Great exchange inside the pocket, as both connect with strikes. Li shoots for a takedown and Michaud tries to keep his balance by grabbing the cage. As Li goes for a kimura, Michaud is able to escape. Uppercut from Michaud and Li goes for another takedown, trying to pick him up but gets denied. Michaud spins off the cage and scores a big takedown. Reversal and Li winds up on top and Michaud lets out a grimace. He might have landed weirdly and injured himself. Li firing off kicks and gets in some good ground-and-pound to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Li

Round 2: Michaud was limping noticeably, and they placed ice on his left foot between rounds. Not much limping from Michaud now as the round gets going. Knee to the body and several rights from Michaud, who goes for a takedown and they wind up tied together. Good right from Li and a backfist connect. Some swelling and it looks like a cut has formed under the left eye of Michaud, as Li is finding his range and looking much better. Another shot lands and Li is picking him apart with two minutes to go. Right jab snaps the head of Michaud back. Michaud gets the clinch and fires off several knees, one of which was low. Instead of asking for time, Li just shrugs it off. Michaud tries to pick Li up and take him down and he scores with a minute to go. Michaud working to take the back and he gets in his hooks with seconds to go, wrapping his right-arm around the neck but he isn’t able to secure it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Li

Round 3: The striking is there for Li, who has been peppering Michaud with his jab since the opening minutes. Michaud continues to push forward, applying the pressure in this fight, but also getting his face worked for it. Michaud on top and scoring some nice elbows, as he breaks open the face of Li with one of the strikes. Blood dripping down the face and Michaud continues to land shots from in close. He’s in half-guard with two-plus minutes to go, as Li is attempting a switch. He moves to the back with a right hook in, but Li defends and gets to his feet, scoring a takedown of his own and landing strikes to the face. Michaud reverses and grabs the neck of Li, holding tight, but he can’t keep it. Now, Li’s on top and landing heavy rights. Both of these men are exhausted, but Li is going to finish in a strong position.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Li

JingLiang Li def. David Michaud via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Sam Sicilia vs. Aaron Phillips

Featherweights are in action next, as Sam Sicilia battles Aaron Phillips.

Sicilia (12-4) is just 1-3 in his last four, including a January submission loss to Cole Miller. The alum of The Ultimate Fighter – which will be a common theme on the prelims – was 11-1 to start his MMA career.

Phillips (5-0) is replacing Doo Ho Choi, who pulled out due to an injury. He has scored three knockout victories in his MMA career and his making his Octagon debut.

Round 1: Phillips had a smile you couldn’t knock off his face all the way into the cage. He’s a former teacher of taekwondo and is throwing some sound kicks to start. As Sicilia tries to land a big shot, Phillips moves away and gives him a grin. Phillips has got just a huge smile on his face as he is fighting, and even tries to throw an Anthony Pettis kick off the cage. Two straight kicks to the body and Sicilia is hurting and retreating. Sicilia catches him against the fence and is unloading with dirty boxing. Sicilia gets top position and starts teeing off, but Phillips is able to get to his feet and stop the damage. Spinning back kick from Phillips goes over the head, but was executed smoothly. With his wavy black hair and stance, Phillips looks like a young Lyoto Machida. Overhand right from Sicilia lands, but Phillips with a shot to the body that doubles him over. Phillips pulls guard with under a minute to go. The move to pull guard and release the submission might have cost Phillips the round, though he closes with a series of upkicks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sicilia

Round 2: Sicilia comes firing out and lands a left that drops Phillips and he is on top with plenty of time to work. Phillips sees and opening and goes for an armbar, but winds up on top. He goes for a crucifix and gets reversed, as Sicilia takes the back and has a rear-naked choke. Phillips takes control, briefly in full-mount before getting reverses again himself as we go under two minutes. Both fighters have squandered chances to take control of the bout. Phillips being very active from his back, trying for another armbar. Sicilia gets a hook in and is getting his neck and chin cranked hard. He rolls, but is now caught up against the fence and winds up on his back.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sicilia

Round 3: I’ve got it 2-0 for Sicilia, but it could easily be tied up heading into the third and final five minutes of action. The corner of Phillips agrees with my scoring, telling him he is down both rounds and needs a finish. Sicilia catches a kick and pushes Phillips over and to the canvas. He’s got a potential armbar, but appears to be too tired to secure it and Sicilia moves easily into side control. Sicilia postures up and hammers him with lefts and rights, dropping back down to side control as we head under three minutes. More offense from Sicilia and Phillips is in trouble in regards to this round and scoring.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sicilia

Sam Sicilia def. Aaron Phillips via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel

We head to the lightweight division for the first of five times as Anthony Njokuani takes on Vinc Pichel.

Njokuani (16-7) has been out of action since early in 2013 due to injury, but he scored a knockout victory over Roger Bowling in that fight to improve to 3-3 with the UFC.

Pichel (8-1) rebounded in January to post a decision over Garett Whiteley. He missed all of 2013 after a late 2012 loss to Rustam Khabilov via knockout.

Round 1: Njokuani with a significant reach advantage, both in terms of arm and leg. Great left-jab, quick-kick combo from Njokuani, but he gets poked in the eye off it and is in pain. Njokuani had to have the doctor come in, as he said Pichel’s finger got “all the way in there.” After a long examination, we are back to fighting. His left eye is swollen up already. Big takedown from Pichel, but Njokuani quickly scoots to the cage and is working his way up. Pichel with a nice knee to the body and now he catches Njokuani low. Not a good first round for Njokuani, as he has been poked in the eye and now hit with a knee to the groin. It looked as if Njokuani was hit with at least one more low knee, but the ref did not see it and action continues.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pichel

Round 2: Pichel lands a big Superman punch to the body, as Njokuani fires off some nice kicks. Pichel takes the back and slams Njokuani to the canvas hard. Pichel gets on his feet and starts tagging him with rights, tossing Njokuani around like a rag-doll. More rights and he is dominating this round. Excellent wrestling and ground-and-pound for Pichel as we head under two minutes to go. Big-time knees from Pichel, but Njokuani is able to get free. Pichel powers his way to a double-leg takedown and lands three straight knees to the body. Pichel flattens him out and is working for a rear-naked choke as his corner yells for him to “protect the neck.”

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pichel

Round 3: While Njokuani is obviously down, it’s Pichel coming out with the better striking. Njokuani looks exhausted with four minutes to go in this fight. Left hook misses by Njokuani, who can’t take advantage of an opening while Pichel fires off a kick. Pichel gets in easy for a seventh takedown off a single-leg. More knees to the body from Pichel, who tosses Njokuani over his right shoulder and stepping over into full-mount. He now takes the back, turning him into the fence and peppering his thighs with more knees. A ninth successful takedown for Pichel, who again takes the back, rolls and has his hooks in.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pichel

Vinc Pichel def. Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke

Our Ultimate Fighter presence will be strong on the FOX Sports 1 prelims, as TUF runner-up Al Iaquinta takes on Mitch Clarke at lightweight.

Iaquinta (8-2-1) has posted three straight decision wins since a 2012 submission loss to Michael Chiesa in the finals of TUF 15. That came on the heels of a submission defeat to Pat Audinwood while competing for Ring of Combat. He has since topped Ryan Couture, Piotr Hallmann and Kevin Lee.

Clarke (10-2) ended a two-fight losing streak when he defeated John Maguire last June. He had dropped UFC bouts to Anton Kuivanen and John Cholish after opening his career 9-0.

Round 1: Iaquinta catches a kick and delivers a right hand that sends Clarke flying backwards. Iaquinta in side control and avoids a potential kimura. He has one of Clarke’s arms tied up behind his back and steps right over. Clarke doing a nice job of tying him up, posturing now up is Iaquinta and firing down. Iaquinta not doing a lot of damage from the top, but he’s controlling the action. Working for a possible arm triangle is Iaquinta. Huge pair of rights hands get through the defense of Clarke and Matt Serra screams out encouragement to Iaquinta. Clarke works a single-leg to get to his feet, but surrenders his neck in the process. Clarke tries to walk up the cage to get free, but winds up on his back.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Iaquinta

Round 2: Front kick from Iaquinta and Clarke comes forward, only to get thrown to his back again. Clarke rolls with a D’arce choke and he chokes him out cold just like that. Incredible. Clarke saw the opening and locked it up in a matter of seconds.

Mitch Clarke def. Al Iaquinta via submission (D’arce choke) at :57 of Round 2

Chris Holdsworth vs. Chico Camus

Our first of three straight former Ultimate Fighter winners takes to the cage next, as Chris Holdsworth collides with Chico Camus at bantamweight.

Holdsworth (5-0) won his TUF title with a submission victory over Davey Grant last November. The Team Alpha Male fighter has won all five of his pro bouts via submission and was expected to meet Kyung-Ho Kang.

Camus (14-4) has won two straight, including a decision over Kang, and is 6-1 in his last seven overall.

Round 1: Holdsworth lands a left off a big miss by Camus, flooring the veteran. Another over the top left hook lands for the youngster, who has seemingly found his range. Holdsworth with an easy takedown and quickly into side control with two minutes left in the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holdsworth

Round 2: Camus is finding openings to attack with his striking, and doing a nice job of avoiding the length of Holdsworth. The TUF winner shoots in for a takedown and secures a body lock, spinning and getting Camus to his back. Holdsworth nearly locks up an arm triangle, but Camus remains patient and gets free. Another takedown and Holdsworth is on his back with his hooks in. Good battle between these two, as Camus knows how to defend and is doing that. Holdsworth locks up a variation of an arm triangle with just over a minute to go, tightening his grip. He releases it and goes to work from the top with punches. Holdsworth is plus-100 in terms of total strikes after 10 minutes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holdsworth

Round 3: Camus comes out, behind, and lands a great right-left combo. Holdsworth is shaken a bit by the attack and a little less hesitant to get into the fight. Holdsworth, though, responds with his fourth successful takedown and works some ground-and-pound. Just no answer from Camus on the ground, as Holdsworth is way too big and strong. He takes the back and locks in his hooks, working for a rear-naked choke with 90 seconds to go. Holdsworth locks up another arm triangle, but just can’t get Camus to quit.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holdsworth

Chris Holdsworth def. Chico Camus via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno

Our first of three straight lightweight matches is next, as former Ultimate Fighter winner Tony Ferguson does battle with Katsunori Kikuno.

Ferguson (14-3), with one of the best nicknames in MMA with “El Cucuy,” has gone 4-1 in the UFC. His lone loss came in 2012 to Michael Johnson via decision, but he has fought just once since that time, earning a submission victory over Mike Rio last October.

Kikuno (22-5-2) made his long-awaited UFC debut by earning a decision over Quinn Mulhern earlier this year. He has won six straight since a 2012 loss to Satoru Kitaoka.

Round 1: Kikuno with an interesting stance, as he almost looks like he mocking you with his left hand way out. He hands a big shot that sends Ferguson retreating. And another for Kikuno, who is just stalking Ferguson. Big body shot lands and another, and Ferguson fires back a kick of his own. Ferguson seems to have figured out the style, landing a shot and hurting him. Blood coming out of the nose of Kikuno, as he eats another shot from Ferguson. Takedown for Ferguson, who quickly locks in hooks and transitions to an armbar. He’s got the right arm, but isn’t able to get it. Instead, he secures a D’arce choke, using the cage for leverage with 90 seconds left. He releases the choke and Kikuno is running away. Ferguson with a jab and Kikuno’s head pops off the canvas. This one is all over.

Tony Ferguson def. Katsunori Kikuno via KO (strike) at 4:06 of Round 1

Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo

We remain in the lightweight division with our prelim main event, as former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa takes on Francisco Trinaldo.

Chiesa (10-1) rebounded from his first pro defeat by submitting fellow ex-TUF winner Colton Smith in November. Last July, he was submitted by Jorge Masvidal, snapping a nine-fight win streak to start his career.

Trinaldo (14-3) has gone 4-2 in six UFC fights and is coming off a split decision that went his way vs. Jesse Ronson in February. He has submitted both Mike Rio and C.J. Keith inside the Octagon.

Round 1: Good pacing from both men, who are leery of each other and the submission game. Trinaldo catches Chiesa with a shot to the body and he is hurt. He tapped his cup, indicating it was low, but no stoppage from the ref. Another body shot from Trinaldo connects and he is stalking Chiesa. Chiesa with a takedown and he moves to the back, working to loosen up Trinaldo and secure the rear-naked choke. Back to full mount for Chiesa, who lands a series of elbows to the face. A flurry of strikes and elbows, many of which are getting through, for Chiesa. Trinaldo is doing a great job of moving and defending, staying in this fight despite the punishment.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Chiesa

Round 2: Trinaldo gets the early advantage, locking up a guillotine and securing it by dropping to the ground. Chiesa appears to be working to remain in it, and he does, breaking the hold and winding up in mount. Trinaldo going for a sweep, and he switches to an inside heel hook with two minutes to go. Chiesa rolls to defend and he does, allowing him to get back to the top and in side control working a potential guillotine. Good elbows from Chiesa in side control, peppering away and staying active.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Chiesa

Round 3: Low blow stops the early action, but Chiesa doesn’t want to give Trinaldo any added time to recover and quickly we are back to action. Huge left hand lands off a counter strike from Trinaldo, his best shot since early in the first. Chiesa doing a nice job of mixing levels and changing up his attacks, dropping down and scoring an easy takedown with three minutes to go. In terms of ground strikes, Trinaldo is in a negative-100 hole. Trinaldo throws his legs up, going for an armbar as we go under a minute to go. Chiesa is fighting it off and is able to survive.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Chiesa

Michael Chiesa def. Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

MAIN CARD

Jamie Varner vs. James Krause

We’ll kickoff the main card with lightweights Jamie Varner and James Krause.

Varner (21-9-1) is a former WEC champion but is coming off back-to-back losses and is just 1-3 in his last four. He was knocked out by Abel Trujillo in February after a decision loss to Gleison Tibau last August.

Krause (20-5) had his eight-fight win streak stopped by a body kick from Bobby Green in November. Prior to that, he had defeated Sam Stout via submission in his Octagon debut last June.

Round 1: Krause taking advantage of his length, using his legs to keep Varner at bay. He adds a big right hand that nearly drops Varner, who fires back. A front-kick to the face lands by Varner and he follows up. Varner is rocked and hurt, and Krause attacks. It appears as if something may have happened to one of Varner’s legs, but he is working to get to his feet despite Krause on top of him. The left leg of Varner appears to be where the damage is done, as his left foot does not look good. He was struggling to put any weight on it, but he fired off for a takedown. Varner in side control under two minutes and is trying to finish this fight. He rolls to the back, but can’t secure the choke. They are standing again and Varner’s left foot looks to be seriously injured. Krause notices and is kicking the leg out from under him, dropping Varner to the canvas. He covers up with a minute to go and is hammering away with knees to the body. With just one leg, Varner still shows his power. He shoots again, but off one leg, there isn’t much there. This fight might be called as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Krause

That’s it, as Varner tells the ref he has a broken ankle. He rolled the ankle three times and took several leg kicks.

James Krause def. Jamie Varner via TKO (referee stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera

We return to the bantamweight for the first of two times on this main card, as Takeya Mizugaki squares off with Francisco Rivera.

Mizugaki (19-7-2) has quietly strung together four straight wins, all via decision. He has topped Nam Phan, Erik Perez and Bryan Caraway, going an overall 6-2 with the UFC.

Rivera (10-2) is unbeaten in his last six fights, going 5-0 with one no-contest. He has stopped both George Roop and Edwin Figueroa in the second round.

Round 1: Rivera lands the first good shot, stopping Mizugaki for a brief moment with a left hook. Here comes Mizugaki, landing an overhand and proceeding to drop Rivera with a flurry. He follows up on the ground, but Rivera does a great job of tying him up and looks to have survived – at least for the time being. Patience by Mizugaki may have cost him, as Rivera avoided any serious damage and they are back to the feet. Rivera avoids the strike and bullies him up against the fence after getting denied on a takedown attempt.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Round 2: Head kick by Rivera, that Mizugaki tries to catch. He lands a left that hurts Mizugaki and is attacking. A big cut has opened up over the left eye of Mizugaki. Another good combo, followed by a left, from Rivera. He shakes off his right hand after the combo, and he may have broke it. Rivera trying for a guillotine minus having him locked up with his legs, and Mizugaki easily gets free and winds up on top and in guard with two minutes to go. Left gets through for Mizugaki and he takes the back, looking to apply either a rear-naked choke or neck crank with a minute to go. He could also be stealing back the round if he can end it in control like this.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Round 3: Rivea comes out and closes the distance quickly, looking for the knockout. He catches Mizugaki with a left hook that stops him for a brief moment. Two cuts on Mizugaki’s face, both around his eyes, but he lands a straight left. Kick to the leg by Rivera, but Mizugaki counters with a straight right that drops him to his back. Inside the guard goes Mizugaki with three minutes to work. Joe Rogan is questioning if Rivera is sick or hurt, saying his performance is troubling.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki

Takeya Mizugaki def. Francisco Rivera via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger

Welterweights are next, as Robbie Lawler meets Jake Ellenberger.

Lawler (22-10) had his three-bout win streak snapped by Johny Hendricks in March over the vacant UFC welterweight title. This is his second stint with the UFC, as “Ruthless” also fought for the promotion from 2002-04.

Ellenberger (29-7) is competing for the first time since a loss last July to Rory MacDonald. He had won two straight prior to that and is 8-2 overall in his last 10.

Round 1: No touch of gloves from these two to start and a lot of prancing around, testing the distance. We’ve got head kicks to start from Lawler, as Ellenberger is blocking, but they are still doing damage. Ellenberger runs right into a left jab, and he has yet to throw any significant offensive strikes. Ellenberger is short on his rights, missing with a jab and an uppercut. Hard right lands from Lawler, who has busted up the nose of Ellenberger.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawler

Round 2: Lawler gets in close and lands a knee to the chin, defending a takedown and hitting the body with more shots. Good combo from Lawler, who is stalking Ellenberger, who appears leery of the offense from the former contender. Left hand from Lawler lands and he continues to attack without any resistance from Ellenberger. With two minutes to go, Ellenberger scores a takedown and Lawler just laughs, rolling off him as he tries to improve his position. Knee lands that drops Ellenberger and Lawler is in a strong position, hammering huge left hands to the head. He spins to the back and Ellenberger curls up, Another spin to the front and Lawler is teeing off. Ellenberger gets to his feet, but eats another knee and is firing back. Ellenberger with another takedown, and again, Lawler laughs and stands.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawler

Round 3: We’ve got a war, as Ellenberger connects and they tee off on each other. Lawler recovers and fires off a huge knee and Ellenberger is holding his right hand very close to his body, signalling a possible injury. Lawler senses a change and is picking him apart now, as Ellenberger can’t throw his right. He throws his right hand for the first time in a couple minutes, following it up after a kick to the body. Lawler cutting off the cage and doing damage. Huge knee lands to the face and Lawler pounces, forcing the ref to step in.

Robbie Lawler def. Jake Ellenberger via TKO (strikes) at 3:06 of Round 3

Dan Henderson vs. Daniel Cormier

A key light heavyweight match occupies the co-main event slot, as Dan Henderson takes on Daniel Cormier in a battle of former U.S. Olympic wrestlers.

Henderson (30-11) snapped a three-fight losing skid by finishing Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in Brazil this past March. He went 0-3 in 2013, losing split decisions to Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida, while suffering his first career knockout at the hands of Vitor Belfort.

Cormier (14-0) was successful in his 205-pound debut when he finished Patrick Cummins in February. Prior to that, the heavyweight had topped the likes of Roy Nelson, Frank Mir and Josh Barnett, all via decision.

Round 1: Henderson is the heavy crowd favorite, despite not being the betting one. Cormier with a quick takedown, throwing Henderson with ease and moving into side control. Henderson looking for a potential armbar, but “DC” gets free and is using his weight advantage to hold him down. Minimal damage being done by Cormier, who now tries to posture up and hammer down with more power and intensity. Good upkick lands from Henderson, but Cormier right back down into side control. He takes the back and gets in some good punches, flipping Henderson to his back again. Cormier gets loose and they go the feet, as the crowd greets them with thunderous applause. Cormier misses on a huge right hand and defends a takedown by Henderson.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cormier

Round 2: Henderson loading up that “H-bomb.” He catches Cormier with a glancing blow against the fence but can’t follow up. Sprawl by Henderson off a takedown, but he instead pulls guard and the crowd boos as Henderson breaks a kimura attempt. Big right hands getting through from Cormier, who positions himself and keeps Hendo on the canvas as we head under three minutes to go. Body shot from Cormier, who is smothering Henderson and mounts him. A bunch of lefts from Cormier in side control with 90 seconds left. Now rights getting through from under to Hendo’s face, as he is dominating him through 10 minutes of action.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cormier

Round 3: Henderson looks and sounds like a man beaten, as he is telling his corner there is something wrong, maybe a possible broken nose. Cormier throws him again and tries to take the back for a possible choke, but winds up back in mount with four minutes to beat on Henderson again. Complete domination by Cormier so far. Henderson has nothing to offer at all and this one is close to being stopped. Both hooks in and a possible rear-naked choke for Cormier and this one is all over.

Daniel Cormier def. Dan Henderson via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:53 of Round 3

Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw for the UFC bantamweight championship

It’s main event and championship match time, as Renan Barao puts his bantamweight gold on the line against T.J. Dillashaw.

Barao (32-1) hasn’t lost in his last 32 professional bouts, including his last seven inside the Octagon. He became the interim champion in 2012 with a victory over Urijah Faber and was proclaimed the undisputed champion when Dominick Cruz went down with another injury.

Dillashaw (9-2) will be trying to pull the upset and give Team Alpha Male a title in the UFC after failed attempts by Faber, Chad Mendes and Joseph Benavidez. He is coming off a decision victory over Mike Easton and is 5-2 with the promotion.

Round 1: Dillashaw gets off the first leg kick of the fight and misses on a huge uppercut. He’s trying to get inside and land, but Barao defends well. Head kick from Dillashaw misses, but he fires off another shot to the thigh. Switch-kick from Dillashaw, who is flashing everything. Uppercut connects from Dillashaw, but he doesn’t over-react and rush in. He avoids a kick and lands a straight left, followed by an uppercut. Great three minutes from Dillashaw, who blocks a spinning back kick. However, he eats a straight left on the exit. Quick right lands from Dillashaw after both miss wildly. Dillashaw showing his quickness, getting in with a combo. Out of nowhere, Dillashaw lands a right that sends Barao flying across the canvas. Dillashaw attacks and unloads, but Barao grabs a leg. Dillashaw postures back up and is landing lefts and rights in the middle of the cage. He takes his back with 20 seconds left, working for a rear-naked choke. He’s cranking hard with no hooks, but Barao turns and gets free.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Dillashaw

Round 2: Barao is very tentative, but he lands a shot that opens a big cut on the right side of Dillashaw’s face. Off a kick, Barao fires off a left again and he does it again. Straight left form Dillashaw and he bounces around to miss the attacks. Exchange of leg kicks and Dillashaw fires off a head kick that Barao catches. Another head kick followed by a right from the contender, who is hitting the champion with everything. Dillashaw shoots for a takedown and Barao does a great job of fending it off. Low blow from Barao halts the action. Dillashaw eats a stiff right off a missed head kick, but comes back with an overhand right and is switching his stances. He rocks Barao again, peppering him with the jab now. Barao with a nice comb, but Dillashaw answers with a kick to the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dillashaw

Round 3: High kick from Dillashaw connects, but Barao is pushing forward more this round. Barao with a nice leg kick that almost sweeps him off his feet. Dillshaw with a combo that rocks Barao and he follows up with a head kick. Another right and Barao is hurt. He has him wounded and looking out of sorts. Barao seems frustrated and unsure of what to do. Another combo lands from Dillashaw, who is flashing incredible footwork and technique. Barao asks the ref to call time due to an eye poke, but it isn’t granted and Dillashaw attacked, rocking him with lefts and rights.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dillashaw

Round 4: Dillashaw with a head-kick and a body shot, landing at over 50-percent of his strikes so far. He lands a right that hits flush to the face of Barao and a straight left that might have broke his nose. The corner for Barao is screaming for a takedown, but he hasn’t even tried for one, looking exhausted. Exchange of strikes and Barao gets the better of it. Two straight lefts land from Dillashaw, as Barao has no energy to defend the strikes. Side kick dodged from Dillashaw, who clinches against the fence with two minutes to go. Dillashaw gets him down and mounts, but this could be what Barao’s corner wanted. Elbows to the face by the challenger. Barao working for a leg, but Dillashaw notices and gets free.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dillashaw

Round 5: Spinning back kick from Barao misses and Dillashaw goes on the attack, firing off kicks to the body. Despite being well ahead, Dillashaw is still doing the same things he did in the first, peppering him with jabs. Barao’s corner told him he needed a finish and he appears to be looking for it, but it;s Dillashaw who is looking for the finish. He hammers him with lefts and rights and this one is all over.

T.J. Dillashaw def. Renan Barao via TKO (strikes) at 2:26 of Round 5 to become the UFC bantamweight champion

We’ll be back next Saturday with a doubleheader of UFC action. Thanks for joining us.

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