Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion Renan Barao took a huge step backwards on Friday when he passed out while trying to make weight for his championship rematch against TJ Dillashaw, which was scheduled for the UFC 177 main event on Sat., Aug. 30, 2014 inside Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
See how it all went down here.
Not only did the Brazilian lose the opportunity to fight for the strap this weekend in "Sactown," he will also be denied a chance to get it back when he makes his Octagon return later this year. That's according to UFC President Dana White, who told reporters at the UFC 177 weigh in event (watch the scrum video here) that Barao would have to work his way back into the title picture.
"First of all, you've got enough money to get a real nutritionist in there to see what you're eating. Guy's got to start doing this the right way to make weight or move to 145 and have (Jose) Aldo move up to 155, because both of them don't cut weight that great. [Barao] won't get a title fight after this."
A lot can change between now and then.
That's because Joe Soto stepped up and filled the main event slot left open by today's scale fail (hear Soto's take right here). While he's a heavy underdog against Dillashaw, it's important to note that "The Viper" was also given little-to-no chance to win at UFC 173, and we all saw how that turned out.
Just another day in MMA.
For more on UFC 177: "Dillashaw vs. Soto" including the revamped fight card and line up click here.