Nevada, LV, United States (4E Sports) – UFC president Dana White says an immediate rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao is on the table.
“It wouldn’t be insane to give him a rematch,” said White.
Prior to UFC 173, White spoke highly of Barao, saying he is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.
“He’s never been taken down in the UFC, ever,” said White. “He’s got the most bantamweight finishes in UFC and WEC history.”
A likely first opponent for Dillashaw (10-2) is Raphael Assuncao (22-4), who defeated him via controversial split decision in October.
If not Assuncao, an immediate rematch with Barao is a possibility.
Dillashaw was hardly given a chance to win at UFC 173 Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
He was sporting a 9-2 record going into the fight against an impressive 32-1 record of Barao.
But Dillashaw dominated Barao, slipping around him and peppering him with punches and kicks for the entire length of the fight.
In the fifth round, he floored the Brazilian after following up a head-kick with a right hook. He swarmed on him with punches prompting referee Herb Dean to wave it off at 2:26 of the final round.
The result snaps a 33-fight unbeaten streak for Barao (32-2) that dated back to April 2005.