UFC 177 Weigh-in Results: Newcomer Joe Soto Makes Weight, Gets Shot at TJ Dillashaw’s Belt

August 29, 2014
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TJ Dillashaw vs Joe Soto UFC 177The fighters participating on the UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao II pay-per-view card, the number of which dwindled as the day wore on, officially weighed in on Friday in Sacramento, Calif.

SEE ALSO: Renan Barao Out of UFC 177

TJ DillashawThe card had been criticized for a lack of big-name fights with a main event that pitted Renan Barao in an immediate rematch with TJ Dillashaw, even though Dillashaw had dominated Barao to take the UFC bantamweight championship from him in May. That fight won’t even be happening after Friday’s weight-cutting meltdown forced Barao out.

Barao was reportedly having trouble cutting weight, and due to safety concerns was pulled from the fight. This was after Henry Cejudo was pulled from his bout earlier in the Joe Sotoday.

UFC newcomer Joe Soto, who was supposed to debut against Anthony Brichak on the Fox Sports 1 prelims, stepped up, quite literally on a moment’s notice, to accept a shot at Dillashaw and his bantamweight belt.

Soto woke up, expecting that he’d only have to make 136 pounds for his preliminary bout, so the first thing running through his mind when he found out he’d be fighting for the championship was, “I better lose this pound. (So) I lost the pound and I’m ready to go. It’s unreal right now, but I trained for this. This is what I train for all day, every day.”

Dillashaw didn’t pull any punches on what he was thinking when he found out that Barao was out of the fight.

“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.”

But whatever, Dillashaw is the champion, and he wasn’t about to back away from a challenge since the UFC was able to find a quick replacement.

“I’m a company many. I’ll beat whoever they put in front of me,” he said of Soto.

An Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler, Cejudo had his fight with veteran Scott Jorgensen scratched when he had to pull out of the bout, also with medical issues related to difficulty in cutting weight.

SEE ALSO: Olympian Henry Cejudo Withdraws, Scott Jorgensen Fight Cancelled

With Barao and Cejudo out, the fight card will continue with just eight bouts.

The co-main event features hometown fighter Danny Castillo, who has been under the Zuffa banner since the WEC days, steps into the Octagon to square off with The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner Tony Ferguson.

UFC 177 Official Weigh-in Results

Main Card (on Pay-Per-View)
TJ Dillashaw (135) vs. Joe Soto (135)
Tony Ferguson (155.5) vs. Danny Castillo (156)
Bethe Correia (135.5) vs. Shayna Baszler (135)
Ramsey Nijem (156.25) vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira (155.5)*
Yancy Medeiros (156.5) vs. Damon Jackson (155)*

Preliminary Card (on Fox Sports 1)
Lorenz Larkin (186) vs. Derek Brunson (186)
Ruan Potts (248) vs. Anthony Hamilton (255)
Chris Wade (155.5) vs. Cain Carrizosa (155.5)

*Ramsey Nijem and Yancy Medeiros were given two hours to get down to the 156-pound limit. Both Nijim and Medeiros made weight at 156 pounds on their second attempt.

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  • anonmoose

    Cool now I’m definatley not staying up til 4am…

  • drkdisciple

    This has to be the worse ufc card ever! Worthy of a Bellator event which at least is free! If Barao could not make weight I hope he gets fined and suspended!!

    • Pick A Name

      Cejudo should be sacked. He’s clearly taking this whole “MMA” thing as less than serious. Reminds me of Paulo Filho.

      • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

        Dana said only way he will let Celudo fight in the UFC is at 135 lbs or he is done

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      I agree this is a LOW BUDGET card at best but i would pay to watch this card over any UFC card that has MINI Mouse as the main event. Maybe because its so obvious the UFC needs much much smaller cage for MINI Mouse to fight in. Too much room for him to run around and its gets real boring at times. Besides anyone who doesn’t know MMA that well thinks MINI Mouse and Benevidez and rest of the 125 lbers are midget fighters. My neighbor laughed like hell when he walked in one night and saw Mini mouse and Benevidez fighting. He was dead serious when he said “when did you start watching MIDGET fighting. Its true they look like midgets out there. Yes they have awesome skills but they look like 10 years olds running around in a cage that was designed for fighters TWICE their size. Sorry midgets don’t move the needle and will never be a big seller. 145 lbs and up. For sure the UFC needs a 265 lb + weight class

  • BumblebeeTuna

    This is after they pulled the mighty mouse title fight… I bought tickets before hand and now this sucks. Refund is warranted if ever there has been a time

  • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

    Don’t sleep on Soto. This kid always comes to fight and IMO should have been in the UFC a long time ago. However it looked like Dillashaw had quite the size advantage on Soto at the weigh ins. TJ was about a head taller and looked like he had a considerable reach advantage also. Regardless Soto is a legit contender and will probably give Dillashaw a good fight