Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw is your UFC 173 main event, ladies and gentlemen.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will turn to its talented bantamweight champion to headline its annual Memorial Day weekend card, which will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., May 24, 2014.
That's just two days away.
Barao is fresh off a first round technical knockout of Urijah Faber at UFC 169 back in Feb. 2014, which served as his first-ever undisputed 135-pound title defense because former champion Dominick Cruz cannot stay healthy. The Brazilian is in the midst of a ridiculous 32-fight mixed martial arts (MMA) win streak.
Dillashaw, the No. 5-ranked fighter in the division, picked up an important unanimous decision win over Mike Easton at UFC Fight Night 35 earlier this year. The Team Alpha Male-trained standout has just one loss, Raphael Assuncao, in six appearances inside the Octagon since losing out to John Dodson for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 crown back in 2011.
Elsewhere on the card, Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson battle for a spot in the 205-pound pecking order, while Robbie Lawler and Jake Ellenberger bang it out in welterweight action.
"DC" vs. "Hendo" (via Esther Lin for MMA Fighting):
"Ruthless" vs. "The Juggernaut" (via Esther Lin for MMA Fighting):
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 173 fight card on fight night (Sat., May 24, 2014), starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised under card bouts at 8 p.m. ET and then main card PPV, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.
For the full UFC 173 fight card and line up click here.