It wasn’t suppose to happen this way. It wasn’t even suppose to be close. Newly crowned UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, was an 8-1 underdog to former champ Renan Barao, with many giving him little chance to win.
I predicted a short night for Dillashaw, thinking the Team Alpha Male would be finished quickly by the Brazilian, but that wasn’t the case, as Dillashaw was able to knock Barao down several times and finished the fight with a TKO in the fifth.
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Dillashaw was the first one to the punch and out boxed the athletic former champ, who had the crowd on its feet throughout the match and several times where Barao was looking to just survive.
In the co-main, Daniel Cormier took on fellow former Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson. The 44-year-old Hendo was game, but Cormier was on his way to a unanimous decision, when he caught Henderson in a rear naked choke, and put the former Pride light heavyweight champion to sleep.
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UFC welterweight contender Robbie Lawler said, “I’m ready for a title shot,” after he TKO’d Jake Ellenberger in the third round. Ellenberger was overmatched on the feet and couldn’t hold Lawler down, who was coming off a loss to UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks.
A card that may not have done well in Pay-Per-View buys, but was a diamond in the rough. More analysis coming Monday!
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