Renan Barao’s failure to make it to the UFC 177 weigh-in on Friday not only cost him a shot at regaining the UFC bantamweight belt this weekend, he also won’t be allowed to step right back into a title fight once he is healthy again either.
UFC president Dana White told reporters in a scrum immediately following Friday’s weigh-in that Barao would not get a title shot upon returning from the issues that forced him out of Saturday’s fight in Sacramento, Calif.
By all accounts, Barao was in his hotel room Friday morning, sitting in a warm bathtub as part of his weight cutting process. He got up out of the bathtub feeling dizzy.
A report by MMAFighting.com citing a press release from his camp notes that Barao fell and hit his head against the wall upon getting out of the bathtub, while a Globo.com report, citing sources within Barao’s camp, said that he did not hit his head.
Either way, the result was that Barao was transported to the hospital to be treated for issues related to difficulties in cutting weight, at which point he was removed from the fight.
Following the weigh-in, Dillashaw didn’t show much sympathy toward Barao, claiming that the former champion was scared to fight him after Dillashaw had dominated him in May.
“He’s scared. He don’t want it,” exclaimed Dillashaw. “His coaches wanted it more than he did. It’s kind of funny, he’s never missed weight before.”
It wasn’t immediately clear if Barao had entered his weight cut any heavier than normal, but White said, “Maybe it’s time for him to move up to 145 (pounds). That’s something we’ll have to talk about.”