Kevin Iole

  • Stunner: Renan Barao yanked from UFC 177 during difficult weight cut

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter2 days ago

    Former bantamweight champion Renan Barao suffered some sort of incident while cutting weight in his hotel room in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday and was pulled from his title bout Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in the main event of UFC 177 against champion T.J. Dillashaw for medical reasons.

    It remains unclear the nature of Barao's medical condition, but one UFC source said, "I know he's going to be fine, but he's definitely not fighting Saturday."

    Nova Uniao, Barao's fight team, issued a statement to MMA Fighting . The statement said Barao was dizzy when getting out of the tub, slipped and hit his head against the wall. It said he passed out and was taken to the hospital.

    UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said Barao was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

     "Safety has to come first," Fertitta said. "We just wanted to make sure he was all right. My understanding is that he is [OK] and that everyone was being extra cautious, so he was taken to the hospital to be checked."

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