Well, this is why the UFC’s been placing two title fights on all the major events this year.
UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw suffered a fractured rib during training, delaying his planned title defense vs. Renan Barao this April 25 at UFC 186.
UFC president Dana White revealed the news during a radio interview in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Dillashaw posted a message via Instagram after news of the fight announcement was made, saying that it is “heart breaking to me because I was looking forward to this fight and never want to be a fighter having to pull out of a fight.”
First of all I want apologize to all my fans and everyone looking forward to this fight. I unfortunately had to pull out of the fight do to a fractured rib. Just a freak accident during wrestling practice. This is heart breaking to me because I was looking forward to this fight and never want to be a fighter having to pull out of a fight. I will heal up quick and come back as soon as I can. Thx for the support
No date for Dillashaw-Barao to take place was mentioned by White. Dillashaw won the title last year, finishing the Brazilian in the fifth round. The two were scheduled for a rematch, but Barao passed out while cutting weight.
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defends his title against Kyoji Horiguchi on the card from Montreal’s Bell Centre.
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Light Heavyweight: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado
Middleweight: Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway
Bantamweight: Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida
Lightweight John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Joe Riggs
Female Bantamweight: Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis
Lightweight: Chad Laprise vs. Bryan Barberena
Lightweight: Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. David Michaud
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Nordine Taleb vs. Chris Clements
Women’s Strawweight: Jessica Rakoczy vs. Valerie Letourneau