UFC on FOX 16 Scores Dillashaw vs. Barao Title Rematch, Pettis vs. Jury, and Tate vs. Eye

April 14, 2015
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The UFC likes to go big with its “Big FOX” fight cards. With UFC on FOX 15 headlined by Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold slated for Saturday in New Jersey, company officials on Tuesday unveiled three big-name bouts for its next Fight Night on FOX.

UFC on FOX 16, which is slated for July 25 in Chicago, will get championship billing with the rescheduled rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao taking the main event slot.

Joining Dillashaw vs. Barão are a lightweight bout between former champ Anthony Pettis and rising star Myles Jury, as well as a poignant women’s bantamweight battle between Miesha Tate and Jessica Eye.

This marks the third attempt to schedule Barao’s attempt to regain the bantamweight belt from Dillashaw.

Dillashaw won the title from his Brazilian foe at UFC 173 last May of last year. They attempted an immediate rematch in August, but Barão had trouble with his weight cut and dropped out of the fight. They were then slated to meet in the UFC 186 main event next week, but this time Dillashaw had to withdraw due to an injury.

They will now headline the next FOX card in Chicago.

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Pettis is returning after losing his lightweight championship to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185. His opponent, Jury, is also attempting to rebound from having lost for the first time in his career, which was to Donald Cerrone in early January.

The fight between Tate and Eye was already known, although Tuesday’s announcement reconfirms Tate’s April Fools Day prank, in which she joked that she was injured and out of the fight.

The winner of Tate vs. Eye is likely to get a shot at the belt currently wrapped around Ronda Rousey’s waist, although the champ already has her next defense set against Bethe Correia in August.

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  • dan

    This writer should know the difference between Pettis and Henderson. What a shame poor journalism.

    • Stephen seeley

      not to mention the last person to beat pettis was rda, but its easy to forget that…since it was like…so long ago

    • TheCerealKiller

      “Largest Independant MMA Website” don’t be so hard on him, there is a lot of copy and pasting from other places. Besides that, another FOX card that will be better than a lot of the PPV’s.

      • Dan

        Agree this FOX card is way better than a lot of PPVs but still there should be some proof reading. Plus copying and pasting from other places shouldn’t be acceptable, must do your own work. Henderson should get credit for stepping up and taking down Thatch at 170. Side note he should have also gotten the win over Cerrone, bs call.

    • This writer knows the difference between Pettis and Henderson, but this writer was hurrying to get the story out amidst doing too many things at once and blew it. It wasn’t a copy and paste, it was a lack of attention, obviously mixing up the details of two different fighters because I rushed instead of focusing on what I should be doing. That’s not an excuse, but an admission. I screwed up. Yes, it was poor journalism, poor editing.

  • Darin

    Great Card!

  • Seth

    Wait…what? UFC On Fox? TJ/Barao II? Story behind that fight would make sweet ME for PPV…and its gonna be free? Where is the catch? D:

    • Guest

      since either guy keeps getting injured and having the fight put on hold, may as well have it on a fight night card to avoid further disruptions.

  • Danny boy

    No one thinks that is a pretty big deal. Really. Would you feel the same way if it was a top level brand name in another professional sport.That is a mistake I agree but false information is false information. Think about it like this you pay for tickets to see let’s say Aerosmith.You get there and the band playing is sticks! Anyone in there right mind would be pissed.

    • Seth

      Well…the difference is that you don’t pay to see THIS actual fight. You pay to see THIS event. That’s how this “Card may change” clause works, that UFC – and EVERY other MMA promotions has written on their fight cards. If you buy a ticket to see Aerosmith at their concert, you are paying for Aerosmith’s concert. Here, you pay to see UFC on Fox 16 event. Welcome to the business world, that’s how $$$’s are made.

    • shakejunt

      if the main event changes, you can get your money back.

  • drkdisciple

    Was hoping Pettis would fight the loser of Khabib vs Cowboy.

  • KJK

    I’m usually all about a USA title holder but in this case I hope Barao gives TJ a beating…..kid has probably the worst case of big mouth little dude complex seen in years….especially when it’s very fortunate for him Cruz is injured.

  • shakejunt

    would’ve figured they’d book pettis vs diaz after confirming the matt brown fight is off.

  • Timothy Malone

    Title fights on Fox! This is what we need more of!

  • bob

    I like Jury but on paper, that’s about the easiest possible fight they could’ve given him. Style wise I don’t see Jury causing too much problems for him. Maybe he’ll prove me wrong, but weird chocie of opponent imo