Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao was forced out of his planned rematch with TJ Dillashaw on Saturday’s UFC 177 fight card due to medical issues while cutting weight before Friday’s weigh-in in Sacramento, Calif.
After Barao fell out of the fight, the UFC enlisted newcomer Joe Soto to step in and challenge Dillashaw for the title.
There was a lot of speculation about just what those medical issues were, leading Barao’s intended opponent, TJ Dillashaw, to declare that Barao was scared and didn’t really want another fight with him.
Barao took the airwaves on Saturday night to explain his side of the story, detailing to UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan on Fox Sports 1 just what happened.
“I was dehydrating in the bathtub, I fainted, I hit my head,” said Barao. “I was taken to the hospital. I don’t remember anything before or after, I just remember waking up in the hospital.”
There were no significant injuries from falling and hitting his head, and the weight cutting he was doing didn’t cause any other issues, either, according to Barao.
“I was fine. My weight was around what I come in regularly for a fight week,” he said, noting that the process was nothing out of the ordinary.
“I was fine. Everything was going great the whole week. The whole thing was I hit my head in the bathtub, and that’s when it all went down.”
Rogan pressed Barao on the matter, finding it difficult to understand how things were going as they should if the procedure forced him to blackout.
Barao, however, didn’t believe the process was to blame, but a simple mistake that he made.
“I’ve had 35 fights cutting weight this method. It’s always been fine for me. I think the whole problem was that I got up too fast and blacked out.”
In Dillashaw’s eyes, it’s all an excuse, an excuse to not have to fight him again.
“He’s scared. He don’t want it,” exclaimed Dillashaw. “His coaches wanted it more than he did. It’s kind of funny, he’s never missed weight before.”
That didn’t sit well with Barao, who made mention of his disappointment that the fight wasn’t happening, while also taking aim at Dillashaw for the champion’s comments about him.
“I’m very sad to not be fighting tonight. I’m very disappointed not to be fighting. I want to come back and I want to face TJ. He’s been saying a lot of things and I want to come in here and I want to tear his head off,” exclaimed Barao.
“I want to come in there and I want him to have to eat everything he’s said about me.”