Earlier today news broke that Renan Barao was out of his UFC 177 rematch against TJ Dillashaw, our inside source informed us that Barao passed out while cutting weight and was unable to fight for his own safety. Stepping in on short notice was Joe Soto, who was scheduled to fight Anthony Birchk on the preliminary card.
Here was have compiled a list of UFC fighter’s reactions to Barao’s withdrawal.
Much respect and best regards to Barão BUT THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN MY TITLE SHOT @ufc 177 I was ready in shape, healthy & 6 fight win streak.
— Raphael Assuncao (@RaphaAssuncao) August 29, 2014
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) August 29, 2014
Holy shit… This card is cursed
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) August 29, 2014
If anything we are seeing the real danger and health risks for a large or bad cut
— ike vallie-flagg (@IKEVF) August 29, 2014
Making weight isnt a 'week of' thing. It's a lifestyle. You're a GD professional. Act like it. #EveryoneWhoMissesWeight
— Charlie Brenneman (@SpaniardMMA) August 29, 2014
Is it just me or does "Sick" = probably would've tested positive for PEDs. #UFC177
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) August 30, 2014
WTF? MMA is the most unpredictable sport ever.
— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) August 29, 2014
All I know is Joe Soto is living the dream right now. Make the most of the opportunities you are given.
— Stipe Miocic (@smiocic) August 29, 2014
I'm on a good run, might as well drop down to 135lbs hahahaha! @TJDillashaw are u ready!
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) August 29, 2014
I'm not sure I can cut to 135 in time.
— Coach (@CMPunk) August 29, 2014
@mmasarah …there must be a way to blame Greg Jackson for this…
— Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) August 29, 2014
Thank you everyone for all the love and support!
— Joe Soto (@JoeSoto135) August 29, 2014