-Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw
Round 1: Dillashaw and Barao seem quite happy to have a kickboxing bout, and they do, with a ridiculous amount of circling and rapid movement. More than a few times Dillashaw slips in and tags the Brazilian with punches to the face, and then… BAM! Dillashaw clocks him with an overhand right that sends the champ tumbling to the ground. Barao recovers, but only just barely, and the round ends with the two on the feet again.
Round 1 to Dillashaw for almost getting the KO.
Round 2: The champ may not be completely recovered, but he’s still with it enough to be dangerous, and he opens a cut near Dillashaw’s eye. And yet the American’s boxing is razor sharp, and when the two exchange, it’s ultimately Dillashaw who scores more often.
Round 2 to Dillashaw.
Round 3: The battle continues with Dillashaw edging further and further ahead, courtesy of his boxing, nonstop movement and rapid changes of direction, and relentless attacking. Wow.
Round 3 to Dillashaw.
Round 4: The Team Alpha Male rep doesn’t let up, steamrolling over the champ with the addition of body-kicks and, when Barao falls to his guard, with some ground and pound from top position.
Round 4 to Dillashaw.
Round 5: A head-kick, followed by a flurry, and when Barao falls backwards, Dillashaw is on him with a storm of leather. In that moment, the Brazilian is done, the referee steps in, and Dillashaw – a TUF runner-up – is the new UFC bantamweight king.
Result: TJ Dillashaw def. Renan Barao via TKO (Punches) at 2:26, R5