While one much-anticipated championship rematch between Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes -- which was set to go down in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug., 2, 2014 -- was recently scrapped because of an undisclosed injury, another is reportedly in the works.
Renan Barao has earned the opportunity to reclaim his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight title immediately, with the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion close to finalizing a rematch against division champion, T.J. Dillashaw, in the main event of UFC 177, according to "UFC Tonight."
Dillashaw shocked the MMA world in the main event of UFC 174 on May 24, 2014, when he dominated Barao for 4.5 rounds before knocking out the Brazilian in the final frame (watch video highlights here).
The win was thoroughly impressive because Dillashaw -- by trade a wrestler -- was able to beat Barao on the feet, which just so happens to be the Brazilian's specialty. In addition, the huge upset snapped Barao's unprecedented 32-fight MMA win streak that spanned for nearly one decade.
The good news for Dillashaw is that he'll have a home court advantage with the bout scheduled to go down in Sacramento, Calif., which happens to be home to his camp, Team Alpha Male. It's also a golden opportunity to prove that he can defeat one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world more than once.
Meanwhile, the fight will not only give Barao the opportunity to reclaim his strap, but it will also give him the chance to get payback for what the aforementioned Aldo deemed as disrespect from Team Alpha Male after its victory over Memorial Day weekend.