According to an Aug. 30 report from MMA Mania, the results are in from the UFC 177 preliminary card. UFC 177, which featured just eight fights in total, opened with three exciting fights on the FOX Sports 1 prelims. Chris Wade kicked off the evening with a lightweight tilt against Cain Carrizosa, and it was a true war.
Carrizosa and Wade were both making their UFC debut, so they wanted to make a splash to impress promotion higher-ups. Wade, hailing from Long Island, New York, headed into the bout as winner of seven of his eight fights. Which one was best-prepared to make the next step in their MMA careers? UFC fans found out at UFC 177. UFC President Dana White had to like what he saw from the two warriors, as it was a high-level war with plenty of action.
Wade opened the fight with a crisp takedown, and he held onto a headlock in the first minute of action. The Long Island native looked for a rear-naked choke as the fight headed to the second minute, and he perfectly locked in a guillotine to finish the bout. Wade earned the ref stoppage in the second minute of action, earning his first UFC victory. Also on the UFC 177 preliminary card, Ruan Potts battled Anthony Hamilton at heavyweight.
Additionally, the UFC 177 preliminary card featured a slugfest between Lorenz Larkin and Derek Brunson. On the UFC 177 main card, Yancy Medeiros took on Damon Jackson at lightweight. Elsewhere on the bill, Ramsey Nijem is set to slug it out with Carlos Diego Ferreira in a lightweight scrap. In women's bantamweight action, Shayna Baszler fights Bethe Correia in a bout with title implications.
Finally, TJ Dillashaw puts his bantamweight title against Joe Soto in the UFC 177 main event. Dillashaw, a Team Alpha Male standout, was slated to duke it out with Renan Barao at UFC 177, but the Brazilian superstar ended up withdrawing from the contest after falling ill at the event weigh-ins. Dillashaw is not happy about getting booked to fight Soto, but he is going through with the fight in order to please UFC higher-ups.
Soto, a former Bellator champ, won six fights in a row. As for Dillashaw, he's heading into UFC 177 as winner of his past two. While Barao was originally slated to fight Dillashaw, White says he won't get a title shot upon his return. The winner of Dillashaw against Soto will likely go up against Bryan Caraway or Urijah Faber following UFC 177.