The UFC heads to Chicago this evening for UFC on FOX 16, as T.J. Dillashaw defends his bantamweight title against Renan Barao.
FightLine will have complete coverage of the action later tonight, but for now, check out the media notes courtesy the UFC’s staff below:
Considered one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, TJ Dillashaw looks to prove that it was no fluke when he took the belt from Renan Barao in May 2014 in their championship rematch. With both men having finished their lone opponent since the two last met, they are primed to put on another fight of the night caliber performance in Chicago. Likely the favorite this time around, Dillashaw will not have a David vs. Goliath mentality heading into this main event showdown. Instead, he looks to use the striking he’s developed under Duane Ludwig to counter the slick submission skills of Barao.
Hoping to get a crack at championship gold, second-ranked Miesha Tate meets up-and-coming No. 5 Jessica Eye in the co-main event. With women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey set to defend her title a week later in Brazil, the winner of this bout is likely next in line for a shot at the title. For Tate, it’d be her third shot at the champ and she is the only woman to take Rousey out of the first round in MMA competition. Eye, hopes that with a win she’ll earn her first shot at UFC gold and become the first person to dethrone Rousey.
When seventh-ranked lightweight Edson Barboza meets undefeated prospect Paul Felder in Chicago, fans won’t want to blink. They are two of the most electrifying strikers in the sport and both hold one of the most impressive knockouts in MMA history – Barboza a spinning wheel kick KO of Terry Etim in 2012 and Felder a spinning back-fist KO of Danny Castillo earlier this year.
Kicking off the main card on FOX will be a pair of fan favorites sure to bring the action. Joe Lauzon, owner of the most post-fight bonuses in UFC history with 13, will collide with Japan’s Takanori Gomi. The two combine for 42 finishes (Lauzon – 23; Gomi – 19) and no doubt will be looking to add to that total in Chicago.