UFC president Dana White revealed that 11,100 spectators attended the event at the Sleep Train Arena to see bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw defend his belt against late replacement Joe Soto in the main event, garnering $700,000 in gate revenue.
Dillashaw was originally set to rematch former titleholder Renan Barao, but Barao passed out while cutting weight before the weigh-ins and was removed from the title fight. Soto, who was scheduled to face Anthony Birchak on the preliminary card, replaced Barao. Birchak was dropped from the fight card.
Dillashaw outworked Soto throughout the bout, but Soto landed effective counter strikes. Early in the fifth and final round, Dillashaw landed a right high kick that landed flush on the side of Soto’s head. Soto wobbled and dropped to the canvas. Dillashaw finished with a couple of well-placed left hands.
Tony Ferguson edged out Danny Castillo in the co-main event by split decision, while Bethe Correia finished Shayna Baszler strengthening her argument for a shot at women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto Official Results:
Main Card (on Pay-Per-View)
TJ Dillashaw def. Joe Soto by KO at 2:20, R5
Tony Ferguson def. Danny Castillo by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Bethe Correia def. Shayna Baszler by TKO (strikes) at 1:56, R2
Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Ramsey Nijem by TKO (strikes) at 1:53, R2
Yancy Medeiros def. Damon Jackson by submission (reverse guillotine choke) at 1:54, R2
Preliminary Card (on Fox Sports 1)
Derek Brunson def. Lorenz Larkin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Anthony Hamilton def. Ruan Potts by TKO (body shots) at 4:17, R1
Chris Wade def. Cain Carrizosa by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:12, R1