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UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto (8/30/2014) - Sacramento, CA (Sleep Train Arena)

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UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto

August 30, 2014

Sacramento, CA (Sleep Train Arena)

 

UFC Bantamweight Championship: T.J. Dillashaw © (135) vs. Joe Soto (135) (first defense) - Dillashaw, TKO (head kick and punches), R5 (2:20)

Tony Ferguson (155.5) vs. Danny Castillo (156) - Ferguson, DEC (split)

Bethe Correia (135.5) vs. Shayna Baszler (135) - Correia, TKO (strikes), R2 (1:56)

Ramsey Nijem (156)** vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira (155.5) - Ferreira, TKO (punches), R2 (1:53)

Yancy Medeiros (156.5)* vs. Damon Jackson (155) - Medeiros. SUB (reverse guillotine choke), R2 (1:54)

 

Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card:

Lorenz Larkin (186) vs. Derek Brunson (186) - Brunson, DEC (unanimous)

Ruan Potts (248) vs. Anthony Hamilton (255) - Hamilton, TKO (punches to the body), R2 (4:17)

Chris Wade (155.5) vs. Cain Carrizosa (155.5) - Wade, SUB (guillotine choke), R1 (1:12)

 

*Reweighed after weighing 156.5 on first attempt

**Reweighed after weighing 156.5 on first attempt and 156.25 on second attempt

 

Event Bonuses ($50,000):

Performance of the Night: Yancy Medeiros

Performance of the Night: T.J. Dillashaw

Fight of the Night: Ramsey Nijem vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira

 

Attendance: 11,100

Gate: $700,000

Buyrate: 125,000

 

Cancelled Bouts:

Ben Rothwell vs. Ruslan Magomedov - Bout Nixed

Ruslan Magomedov vs. Richard Odoms - Injury to Odoms

Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso - Bout Moved to Another Card

Yancy Medeiros vs. Justin Edwards - Injury to Edwards (Hand)

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barão - Barão Unable to Make Weight

Scott Jorgensen vs. Henry Cejudo - Cejudo Unable to Make Weight

Joe Soto vs. Anthony Birchak - Soto Moved to Another Bout

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I swear it feels like the first fight JUST happened less than a month ago.

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This maybe the first PPV without a single fight that actually interest me.

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I don't know who two of the guys on the main card are. That is...not good.

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Interested in:

- How Barao comes back and if the weight cut really had an effect on how the first fight went down

- If Tony Ferguson can get Castillo out of there and actually be more than random TUF winner #35

- I guess the same above for Ferreira (but replaced TUF with Legacy FC champ) since everyone semi decent has stopped Nijem brutally

- If Birchak upsets Soto like a lot of people believe he can

- Cejudo just because 125 needs him to be good

The rest of the card has catastrophe potential (especially Larkin vs. Brunson, Potts vs. Hamilton, & CrankDatBethe vs. Four Horsewoman jobber). I'm indifferent on the Damon Jackson fight because it's on extremely late notice and a weight class up.
 

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Just when you thought this PPV couldn't suck enough,  Barao is out of the title fight tomorrow.  Apparently cutting weight was just too much as he passed out before the weigh in

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Interested in:

- How Barao comes back and if the weight cut really had an effect on how the first fight went down

 

 

Well, I think you got your answer...

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Henry Cejudo is also out due to medical reasons.  Fight with Jorgensen is scrapped.

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Don't come in 20 pounds over on fight week.  Sounds like common sense.

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Barao's a former champion and he's made this weight 9 times in ZUFFA without a problem before.  Seems more like an issue with Nova Uniao and not using common sense with their fighters weight cuts.

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Imagine if Eddie Mustafa Muhammad didn't screw up 31 years ago and made weight against Michael Spinks. MMA probably never would've adopted the weigh-in 24 hours before if boxing didn't do it.

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Sounds like he had a case of "Didn't want to fight TJ Dillashaw-itis"

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Imagine if Eddie Mustafa Muhammad didn't screw up 31 years ago and made weight against Michael Spinks. MMA probably never would've adopted the weigh-in 24 hours before if boxing didn't do it.

 

The weigh in 24 hours rule has probably done more bad than good in the long run though. The risk/ reward of weight cutting with 24 hours to recover makes fighting in a massively underweight division an attractive proposition. If it was six or twelve hours, it's a much greater risk for a much lesser reward. But you'd also have a lot of fights getting cancelled the day of the show when people couldn't make weight, so swings and roundabouts, really.

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To add to the complete mess of a PPV, apparently a UFC production truck caught on fire last night.     :blink:

 

You know things are bad when Dana is calling out Meltzer in the prelims.  Although Dana's logic that people should still spend $45 - $60 for a PPV because guys have been trained like animals for months and month is just laughable.   Maybe you should pay them better if you are that worried about guys getting compensated better for their hard work.

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this is the first ufc ppv event i haven't watched live since ufc 67. and i've got nothing else going on tonight. i'm just not interested. i hope that sends a message. although i'm sure it won't.

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Shayna "Punching Bag" Baszler was impressive.

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That was expected, except not in that length.

 

Joe Soto was such a huge underdog that they were pushing any strikes he landed in highlights in between the rounds.

 

Bethe is 2-0 against 4 Hoursewomen and there's slim to no chance she'll fight Marina Shafir and she has the best set of wins at WMMA 135 lbs. in the UFC so she should get the next shot at the title against Ronda.

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Bethe's Zumba instructor inspired dance celebrations are the best.

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