BREAKING: TJ Dillashaw Injured, Out of UFC 186 Main Event

March 24, 2015
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UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw became the latest fighter bit by the injury bug. He’s out of his planned UFC 186 title defense against Renan Barao.

Dillashaw suffered a rib fracture during training on Monday night and has been forced out of the bout. UFC president Dana White on Tuesday announced the news during an Tuesday interview on KRRL-FM 92.3 in Los Angeles.

TJ-Dillashaw-UFC-177-post-pressThe bout was set to be a rematch of their UFC 173 bout last May, where Dillashaw took the belt from Barao in an upset.

They were initially going to rematch at UFC 177 last September, but Barao suffered medical issues while cutting weight and had to withdraw at the last minute. Dillashaw instead successfully defended his belt against Joe Soto.

With Dillashaw having to withdraw from the UFC 186 fight card, it’s likely that the UFC would elevate Demetrious Johnson’s flyweight title defense against Kyogi Horiguchi to main event status.

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UFC officials, however, told that, as of the time of publication, they were still in discussions about how to handle Dillashaw’s withdrawal and had not yet determined a final course of action. As such, there has also been no word on whether or not Barao would remain on the card.

In addition to Dillashaw’s injury, a broken foot has forced Claudio Silva out of his UFC 186 bout with Nordine Taleb. Stepping in to face Taleb in the welterweight bout will be Ontario veteran Chris Clements, who is fresh from a first-round finish of Vik Grujic last November.

UFC 186 is slated for April 25 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    This card is dead without Barao. They already cancelled Rory vs Lombard, obvious reasons, and Rampage is going to get stopped by the courts from being on this card. Mighty Mouse cannot carry a card this week as a PPV.

  • this is really awful 🙁

  • Sarge

    just like ufc 185, two titles up for grabs now becomes one ….sigh!

    hopefully ufc 187 remains intact.

  • Sir_Roy

    Why the “f” do these fighters train that hard one month before their title fight? Accidents happen, fine, but sparring needs to be controlled only 4 weeks out of a title defense. They defend twice a year. Train smart for Chrissakes.

  • Joche

    Hey Dana …. You can call Joe Soto to fight Barao 😉

  • drkdisciple

    Mighty Mouse main event? No thanks!

  • polk14

    I would not buy this card now if it only cost a dime.

  • snapdad

    these cards are too watered down because of the amount of events every month, and they really suffer when a main card fight gets cancelled. get rid of fightpass! without fightpass this card could have had cro cop/Gonzaga and miocic/hunt. damn this crd sucks!

    • TheCerealKiller

      I still completely boycott Fightpass. Trying to sucker me in with fights that should be on an undercard is ridiculous.

      • snapdad

        I have never ordered one and never will. fightpass cards normally have 2 decent fights on each card, but not main event material. if you took all those fightpass main/co-main events and spread them around to other ppv cards, then these ppv cards would fill up quite nicely.

  • shakejunt

    fans are just ridiculous.

  • Digiaddict

    heres what i posted in regards to the nsac dropping the hammer on hector article a few days ago

    “the ufc champs get a tittle then come up injured half the time. just so they can keep the title longer. they get all the perks and free stuff that comes with being champ for a nice long time.

    cain won his title back in 2012, and has fought twice since then. lol come the f— on. after his next fight ill take a bet he gets “hurt” before he can fight again.”

    you can see a clear pattern, i knew it was coming, posted about it….and BOOM. hell fight once more this year and if he wins that’ll be it. he’ll get injured before his next fight too.