TJ Dillashaw: Renan Barao pulled out of UFC 177 because he was scared and didn't want to fight me

Jesse Holland
SB Nation

I've got bad news for all the mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who were hoping Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight titleholder TJ Dillashaw was going to send a "get well soon" card to former division kingpin Renan Barao, who was pulled from their championship rematch after struggling to make weight (details).

Not happening.

"He's scared, he don't want it," Dillashaw said at today's UFC 177 weigh in event (watch the video here). "His coaches wanted the rematch more than he did. He never missed weight before and it's kind of funny that he wants to do it now."


When Barao was bumped from the pay-per-view (PPV) card, which takes place this Saturday night (August 30, 2014) inside Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, the promotion borrowed Joe Soto from the FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" as an emergency fill in (more on that here).

"I'm a company man, I gotta fight whoever they put in front of me," he continued. "I'm the champion of the world, I want to beat anybody, especially in Sacramento."

Can he get it done? Find out right here.

Until then, you can check out the completely reworked UFC 177: "Dillashaw vs. Soto" fight card and line up here.

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