According to an Aug. 29 report from ESPN, UFC 177 is perhaps the promotion's most stacked card in over a decade, as MMA legend, TJ Dillashaw, puts his UFC bantamweight strap on the line for the first time ever against fast-rising superstar, Joe Soto. UFC 177, which goes down Aug. 30 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., could end up going down as one of the UFC's top-selling pay-per-views of all-time.
By the time UFC 177 is over, Dillashaw could easily cement himself as the face of the UFC. Dillashaw, 28, has all the tools to be a huge star, including slick work on the mic and high-level skills inside the cage. As for Soto, he heads into UFC 177 as a massive underdog, since he took the fight on just 24 hours notice. However, Soto is riding a six-fight win streak and he was ranked ahead of Dillashaw just two years ago.
UFC fans shouldn't sleep on Soto. Of course, if Soto did actually win at UFC 177, it would go down as one of the biggest upsets in promotion history. Soto probably won't defeat Dillashaw, but he should turn in a crisp effort and get over in a big way with the California fans on hand for the affair.
Dillashaw was originally slated to fight Renan Barao, but the Brazilian went down due to illness. Barao felt ill just hours prior to the UFC 177 weigh-ins, so doctors advised him to not continue his weight cut to 135 pounds. UFC President Dana White says Barao will not receive an immediate title shot upon his return to the cage.
Also on the UFC 177 card, Shayna Baszler battles it out with Bethe Correia in women's bantamweight action. Baszler and Correia have a real-life feud, since the Brazilian allegedly disrespected Baszler's training partners. Elsewhere on the UFC 177 card, Danny Castillo fights Tony Ferguson. UFC 177 airs on Fox Sports 1, beginning at 8 p.m. The main card begins at 10 p.m., only on pay-per-view.