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UFC on FOX 16 results: TJ Dillashaw destroys Renan Barao to retain Bantamweight belt

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

If you thought the first title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao was a fluke, you were sadly mistaken.

"Killashaw" retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight title at UFC on FOX 16 tonight (Sat., July, 25, 2015), defeating Renan Barao by technical knockout inside United Center in Chicago, Ill, in arguably a more dominant performance than their first fight last year.

The 135-pound champion battered Barao from pillar to post over the course of the first three rounds before closing the show in the beginning of the fourth round with a barrage of strikes, leaving no doubt about their first encounter.

"I'm really proud of my performance," Dillashaw told Joe Rogan after the fight's conclusion. "I got hit a little more than I wanted to. Barao is a killer."

Dillashaw came out extremely confident to start the rematch from UFC 173 and bounced around on his feet as he looked for openings on the former champion. The champ landed a pair of big right hands that rocked the Brazilian, but Barao was able to stall the action and hold Dillashaw in the clinch along the fence.

The Team Alpha Male-trained fighter landed several more clean jabs and switched in and out of a southpaw stance with great effectiveness.

Dillashaw again demonstrated great footwork and attack from angles successfully in the second round. He moved in on a takedown attempt on several occasions, but Barao fought them off. The Brazilian landed a takedown of his own, but Dillashaw immediately popped back up to his feet. Barao began to tire as the round wore on, and Dillashaw began picking him apart with fast and accurate punches.

Every time Barao missed, the champion made him pay.

Barao shot in on a takedown in the third and Dillashaw sprawled, and briefly moved to the Brazilian's back before both fighters returned to their feet. Dillashaw failed to get Barao down later on in the round, but made the Novia Unaio-trained fighter carry his weight to tire him out even more.

Toward the end of the round, the champion had Barao in serious trouble after landing big punches and knees from the clinch.

"Killashaw" went for the kill in the fourth round with a huge flurry of punches that overwhelmed Barao against the cage. The champion continued his onslaught of strikes as Barao was being held up by the cage until referee Herb Dean mercifully waved the fight off 35 seconds into the fourth round.

With his fourth win in a row, Dillashaw improves to 12-2 overall, and has now defended his title two straight times. For Barao, the loss to Dillashaw is the third in his career and he drops to 33-3 (1). The Brazilian is now 1-2 in his last three fights with a submission victory over Mitch Gagnon sandwiched between the two defeats to Dillashaw.

For complete UFC on FOX 16: "Dillashaw vs. Barao 2" results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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