T.J. Dillashaw put on the performance of a lifetime Saturday night in the main event of UFC 173, knocking out bantamweight kingpin Renan Barão in the fifth-round of their championship bout.
Barao’s coach Andre Pedereiras appeared on the Brazilian radio show “No Mundo da Luta,” where he campaigned for an immediate rematch at UFC 179, at Maracanazinho stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 25, 2014.
“We’re asking for an immediate rematch,” said Pederneiras as translated by Guilherme Cruz for MMAFighting. “It’s fair, and we’re looking a way to do it. It can’t happen in less than five or six months, but I think that’s how long T.J. is going to be out. Everybody wants to see another fight between them, since it was the fight of the night.”
“The ideal would be bringing this fight to Brazil. There’s going to be a big event here in Brazil, apparently in October in Rio de Janeiro. Let’s see is these guys are man enough to fight Barao in his house.”
“After the first knockdown, Renan couldn’t get into the fight anymore and he went dizzy with every blow. Even between the rounds, when we were talking to him, he wasn’t even looking at us.
“After the first round, we told him not to trade with him so he could recover, but it was like we had told him ‘go there and trade punches with him’ because that’s exactly what he did. He kept fighting and asked us who was winning the fight before the fifth. When the fight was over, he asked us what happened, if he won or if he lost.”
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