According to an Aug. 29 post from Bleacher Report, TJ Dillashaw retained his bantamweight title at UFC 177, defeating former Bellator MMA champion, Joe Soto. Dillashaw, 28, turned in a solid effort against Soto in the UFC 177 main event, outlasting his opponent with an amazing finish in the final frame. It was looking like it was going to be a clean sweep for Dillashaw on the judges' scorecards, but the judges weren't needed at all.
Dillashaw, who trains at Team Alpha Male in California, earned the stoppage in the fifth round of action. He was originally slated to fight Renan Barao at UFC 177, but the Brazilian was forced to withdraw due to complications with weight-cutting. Soto took the fight on short notice, and he did well considering he only had 24 hours to prepare. The opening round was a bit of a chess match, but Dillashaw found his range in the second frame.
By the end of the third round, Dillashaw had landed almost three times as many strikes as Soto. Dillashaw peppered away at Soto's face, landing 157 strikes by the end of the third round. As for Soto, he threw nice counters, but was unable to cause any real damage. By the end of the fourth frame, Dillashaw began to pull away as he found a home with his jab and right hook.
Soto, who headed into UFC 177 as winner of six in a row, did enough to impress UFC higher-ups, so he should get a nice bonus check for stepping up. As for Barao, he will not get an immediate title shot when he's good to return to action. UFC President Dana White says Barao should hire a better nutritionist, and that he'll need to climb the ladder again before getting a shot at Dillashaw.
Elsewhere on the UFC 177 card, Bethe Correia inched closer to a title shot by finishing Shayna Baszler with strikes in the second round. The UFC 177 main card also saw Yancy Medeiros winning by submission. Even though UFC 177 only featured eight fights, it was an entertaining night of action. UFC 177 went down at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.