Earlier today news broke that Renan Barao had withdrawn from his fight with TJ Dillashaw for ‘unknown reasons’, however an inside source close to Barao told us that Barao passed out while making weight, which was why he was forced from the card. As a result, Joe Soto, who was scheduled on the preliminary card, stepped in on 24 hours notice to fight Dillashaw for the belt.
After the weigh-ins, Dillashaw spoke with Joe Rogan about why he thought Barao pulled out of the bout saying:
“He’s scared, he don’t want it. His coaches wanted the rematch more than he did, he’s never missed weight before. It’s kind of funny that he wants to do it now.