Dillashaw defends title with KO

Renan Barao and TJ Dillashaw. Photo by Michael Bacos.
Renan Barao and TJ Dillashaw. Photo by Michael Bacos.

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n the main event, TJ Dillashaw retained the bantamweight title by knocking out former champion Renan Barao in the fourth round of their rematch. Dillashaw mainly controlled the fight as he did during the first match last May. In the closing moments of the fight, Dillashaw landed a low kick that sent Barao reeling back to the fence. Dillashaw eventually landed a shot that stunned Barao and closed the fight with a barrage of punches.

“I always push the pace and thought I started out too fast. It was a crazy first round and I wanted to get the finish in the first,” Dillashaw said after the fight. “In the second and third round I started to get into my groove and I was able to put him away in the fourth. I’m glad I got the finish quicker than last time, but there are still some things I need to work on. I got hit a little bit more than I wanted to and we’ll fix those things.”

The co-main event featured a women’s bantamweight title eliminator bout as Miesha Tate squared off against Jessica “Evil” Eye for the chance to face the winner of the Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia bout this Saturday.

Jessica Eye and Miesha Tate. Photo by Michael Bacos.
Jessica Eye and Miesha Tate. Photo by Michael Bacos.

Early in the fight, Eye dominated Tate with brilliant striking and takedown defense. However, Tate was able to drop Eye to the canvas with an overhand right, which changed the dynamic of the fight. From that point on, Tate controlled Eye the rest of the way to a victory by unanimous decision.

“It felt good to drop her. Honestly, I’m mad I didn’t finish her, but it’s the best I’ve ever felt going three rounds. I did a new strength-training regimen and I felt so strong and I was in such good shape for the fight. I was able to recover in between rounds and I felt awesome,” said Tate. “A little disappointed to not get the finish. I wanted to show I had the power in my hands to knock anyone out. I think I proved that tonight. I dropped her a couple of times, and if I would’ve kept a little more space on the ground and kept punching her, I would’ve got the finish but my grappling nature kicked in. She’s a really tough girl, hats off to her.”

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