The UFC returned to the Windy City on Saturday night for UFC on FOX 16: Dillashaw vs. Barao II, which featured the main event rematch between bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and the man he took the belt from, Renan Barao.
It was the promotion’s fourth trip to Chicago, packing 11,663 fans into the United Center for a reported gate of $1.2 million, according to UFC president Dana White.
Dillashaw was masterful in his victory over Barao. He took the fight to the former champion for the whole of their bout, outstriking the one-time pound-for-pound contender en route to a fourth-round TKO stoppage.
Aside from the championship main event, there was a co-main event pitting two of the top female bantamweights in the world against one another for a shot at the winner of next week’s championship bout between Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia.
Miesha Tate got started on the back foot, but made a remarkable turnaround midway through the first round to take control of the fight and outstrike Jessica Eye to win a unanimous nod from the judges, and a potential third fight with Rousey, should she defend her belt on Aug. 1 in Brazil.