According to a May 24 report from ESPN, Team Alpha Male standout TJ Dillashaw (10-2) captured the UFC bantamweight belt with an exciting finish of Renan Barao in the main event of UFC 173. Dillashaw, who was ranked No. 4 in the division heading into the bout. snapped Barao's 33-fight win streak with a fifth-round knockout.
Dillashaw, who is likely to fight Raphael Assuncao (22-4) next, earned the ref stoppage with a gorgeous head kick in the final frame. The ref had seen enough at the 2:22-mark of the final round. Dillashaw snapped Team Alpha Male's six-fight losing skid in UFC title fights.
UFC President Dana White was impressed with Dillashaw's performance, but he didn't rule out giving Barao an immediate rematch. Since Barao had a lengthy win streak dating back nearly a decade, White thinks he deserves another crack at Dillashaw. UFC 173, which was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, drew just over 11,000 fans. No official word yet on the pay-per-view buyrate for UFC 173.
In the UFC 173 co-main, Daniel Cormier smothered UFC legend Dan Henderson, tossing him around and cutting him before ultimately earning the finish. Cormier defeated Henderson via rear-naked choke at the 3:53-mark of the third round. Henderson is a true MMA legend, but Father Time appears to have caught up to him. Henderson is now 43 years old, and he turns 44 in August.
Following the win at UFC 173, Cormier called out Jon Jones. As for Henderson, he plans to continue to fight and has no eye on retiring any time soon. In the UFC 173 swing fight, Robbie Lawler outclassed Jake Ellenberger and earned a stoppage at the 3:06-mark of the third round.
Lawler is now a top contender in the UFC's stacked welterweight division. The only problem is that he just fought Johny Hendricks, so the UFC might want to find him another opponent before granting him a title shot. Elsewhere on the UFC 173 main card, Takeya Mizugaki earned a decision win over Francisco Rivera and James Krause defeated Jamie Varner.