UFC 177 may not have been the strongest card this year but at least it happened. Yeah we’re looking at you UFC 176. Sadly we didn’t get the rematch between Renan Barao and the man who took his belt from him, TJ Dillashaw. We may never see that fight if Barao moves up to featherweight, something he seems likely to do after pulling out of UFC 177 due to the effects of making the weight cut.
Instead Dillashaw made the first defence of his bantamweight crown against organisational newcomer and last second replacement Joe Soto. The former Bellator champion made it an entertaining fight by hanging around until fifth round but never really threatened to cause an upset. Dillashaw’s relentless barrage of strikes finally broke Soto and the end came when the champ wobbled the challenger badly with a head kick, following up with punches to force the stoppage.