T.J. Dillashaw is the latest UFC champ to suffer a fight-nixing injury. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
T.J. Dillashaw has been forced to withdraw from his bantamweight title rematch against Renan Barao due to a fractured rib suffered in training camp.
The StarPhoenix first reported the news, and UFC officials confirmed the 135-pound king’s injury via Twitter. UFC 186 takes place at Bell Centre in Montreal on April 25 and features a flyweight championship matchup pitting Demetrious Johnson against Kyoji Horiguchi.
It is not currently known whether Barao will remain on the card or if the Brazilian will also be pulled from the event, according to the report.
Dillashaw upset Barao to capture the 135-pound strap at UFC 173, finishing his favored opponent with a head kick and follow-up punches at the 2:26 mark of round five. The bantamweights were initially set to rematch at UFC 177, but Barao pulled out at the last minute due to a bad weight cut.
Instead, the Team Alpha Male product successfully defended his title with a fifth-round stoppage of fill-in opponent Joe Soto.