Newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight titleholder TJ Dillashaw shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world by upsetting heavily-favored ex-division kingpin Renan Barao at the UFC 173 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (May 24, 2014) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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"The Viper" dropped the Brazilian in the very first round, and kept the pressure on until finishing him off in the fifth and final frame. Barao looked dazed and confused throughout the contest and now his coach, Andre Pederneiras, told No Mundo da Luta (via MMA Fighting) that Dillashaw owes his star pupil an immediate rematch in Brazil.
If he's "man enough" to do it.
"We're asking for an immediate rematch. It's fair, and we're looking a way to do it. It can't happen in less than five or six months, but I think that's how long T.J. is going to be out. Everybody wants to see another fight between them, since it was the fight of the night. The ideal would be bringing this fight to Brazil. There's going to be a big event here in Brazil, apparently in October in Rio de Janeiro. Let's see if these guys are man enough to fight Barao in his house."
Pederneiras is referring to UFC 179, which takes place on Oct. 25 in Rio.
While a rematch is definitely in order, Barao may have to wait his turn. It's not like he was stopped on a fluke knockout or nasty injury. He was flat-out schooled for four-and-a-half rounds. Plus, there are two other contenders breathing down his neck in the form of Raphael Assuncao and Dominick Cruz.