T.J. Dillashaw will defend his UFC title on home turf.
Recently crowned UFC bantamweight champion after a dominant victory over Renan Barao, Dillashaw will likely have to do it again on August 30, as MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight on FOX Sports 1 that the UFC is close to giving Barao an immediate at UFC 177 in Sacramento, California.
UFC 177 was tentatively planned for Las Vegas, Nevada, but appears to be moving to the new champion's home town.
Dillashaw (10-2) looks to defend the 135-pound championship after shocking the MMA world with a fifth-round TKO victory in May, snapping Barao’s 30-plus unbeaten streak. In his previous UFC bout, Dillashaw dominated Mike Easton en route to a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 35.
Barao (32-2, 1 no-contest) will attempt to bounce back from a loss for the first time since 2005, when he lost a decision against Joao Paulo Rodrigues in his MMA debut. The Nova Uniao talent holds a 9-1 record under the UFC and WEC banners, including a pair of victories over Dillashaw’s teammate Urijah Faber.