UFC 177: Impressive Soto KO-ed by Dillashaw with head kick & punch

Dillashaw KO head kick Soto UFC 177

Dillashaw vs. Soto awesome fight saved the night

If it wasn’t because of the main event’s surprisingly long entertaining fight, this could’ve easily been the worst PPV UFC event ever with only 8 bouts on the card filled with mostly lower profiled fighters. Fantastic show put up by both reigning Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw (11-2) and UFC debutant Joe Soto (15-3), who took the call to fight just the night before after the actual contender, Renan Barao, failed to make weight and had to be admitted to the hospital. This was perhaps the shortest notice ever for a title bout in the UFC. Despite not having the time to train for championship rounds, Soto’s great performance saved the night indeed, probably even better than what Barao could’ve given.

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Soto looked nervous in the first round, attempted to takedown that gave away his own back instead but Dillashaw failed to get the triangle body lock and that allowed Soto to get back to his feet. He found his range later, countering Dillashaw with power and defending his head very well with movements and forearm coverups. Dillashaw was more active, but it was Soto who landed with more clean and damaging punches, not strong enough, however, to knock the champ out.

Afraid to be losing in the eyes of the judges, Dillashaw came out in the third round killing it with crazy combos, mixing it up with kicks, knees and takedowns, eventually drawing some blood off Soto. The Champ continued to dominate with volume of strikes and takedown in the fourth round, and set up a beautiful combo in the last round which caught Soto with a clean head kick with his right feet and a followup punch that knocked out Soto completely. If Soto survived this round and lost by decision, it would’ve been a real Rocky story which UFC was gambling on.

UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto / Barao – Full Results

(Source: Wikipedia)

Fight of the Night: Ramsey Nijem vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira
Performance of the Night: T.J. Dillashaw and Yancy Medeiros

Main Card

Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw (c) def. Joe Soto | KO (head kick and punches) | R5 2:20
Lightweight: Tony Ferguson def. Danny Castillo | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Women’s Bantamweight: Bethe Correia def. Shayna Baszler | TKO (punches) | R2 1:56
Lightweight: Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Ramsey Nijem | TKO (punches) | R2 1:53
Lightweight: Yancy Medeiros def. Damon Jackson | Submission (reverse bulldog choke) 2 1:54

Preliminary Card

Middleweight: Derek Brunson def. Lorenz Larkin | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Heavyweight: Anthony Hamilton def. Ruan Potts | TKO (punches to the body) | R2 4:17
Lightweight: Chris Wade def. Cain Carrizosa | Technical Submission (guillotine choke) | R1 1:12

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  1. Tammy Chan

    i missed the fight! where can i watch it? I love watching Dillashaw but I bet Soto did really well to since it is such last minute notice and it went on to round 5! What happened to Barao?

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      I watched it live. I guess you could watch the entire event "somewhere" (Disclaimer: not encouraging the public to download illegally). Barao fainted and admitted to the hospital while trying to make weight hours before the weigh-ins… hilarious!

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