The UFC on FOX event in Chicago, scheduled for July 25th at United Center, has its headliner: the second fight between TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao.
The announcement was made on the America’s Pregame show on FOX Sports 1 yesterday.
The bantamweight title bout will mark the first time a championship has been defended on a UFC on FOX event since 2013.
But the fight itself has been a long time coming, too. The champion Dillashaw and challenger Barao fought for the first time last May at UFC 173, with the underdog Dillashaw scoring a TKO victory in the fifth round to win Barao’s 135 lb. title. They were to rematch later that year, at UFC 177 — but Barao was forced to bow out due to medical concerns as he attempted to cut weight. Dillashaw would face replacement Joe Soto that night, and earn another TKO win.
In December, Barao fought Mitch Gagnon and earned a third round submission victory with an arm triangle choke.
The second Dillashaw/Barao fight was then scheduled for UFC 186, to take place later this month; but a Dillashaw injury saw the bout shelved again.
It was also announced that at the same event, former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will return to action to face Myles Jury.
Both fighters are looking to bounce back from recent disappointing performances: Pettis lost his title in a one-sided bout against Rafael Dos Anjos back in March. Earlier this year, Jury lost for the first time in his career: a decision to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Finally, Miesha Tate will face Jessica Eye in a women’s bantamweight match. The former Strikeforce champion Tate, who challenged for the UFC title on two occasions, is enjoying a three fight winning streak. Eye is still looking for her first shot at gold.