T.J. Dillashaw is currently on the mend with a rib injury. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao will give their rematch another try, this time in the Windy City.
Dillashaw will defend his bantamweight title against Barao at UFC on Fox 16 in Chicago, the promotion announced on Monday. In addition, ex-lightweight titlist Anthony Pettis will lock horns with Myles Jury in the co-main event, while Miesha Tate will square off with Jessica Eye in a potential women’s bantamweight title eliminator bout. The event is scheduled to take place at United Center.
Dillashaw initially defeated Barao at UFC 173 to capture 135-pound gold. The two were initially scheduled to rematch at UFC 177, but Barao had to pull out at the last minute due to a bad weight cut. They were rebooked for UFC 186, but a rib injury to Dillashaw once again put the fight on hold.
Dillashaw has defended his title once since besting Barao, a fifth-round knockout of Joe Soto at UFC 177. The Team Alpha Male standout is 7-2 in the UFC overall.
Barao returned to the Octagon on Dec. 20, when he submitted Mitch Gagnon with a third-round arm-triangle choke at UFC Fight Night “Machida vs. Dollaway.” Prior to his loss against Dillashaw, the Nova Uniao product had gone unbeaten in 33 straight appearances.
Pettis will return to action for the first time since dropping the lightweight belt in a five-round verdict against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185. The Roufusport member owns notable triumphs over the likes of Benson Henderson, Donald Cerrone and Gilbert Melendez during his promotional tenure.
Jury lost for the first time in 16 pro outings at UFC 182, when dropped a unanimous decision against Cerrone. The 26-year-old “Ultimate Fighter 15” alum is 6-1 in the UFC overall, including wins over Takanori Gomi, Diego Sanchez and Michael Johnson.
While Tate-Eye was initially targeted for June, the winner of the bout is still likely to receive the next 135-pound title shot, as Dana White revealed during a recent press conference. Tate has bested Liz Carmouche, Rin Nakai and Sara McMann in her last three fights, while Eye notched her first promotional triumph over Leslie Smith at UFC 180.