Like the UFC 173 Co-Main Event, the night’s main event was predicted to be a one-sided affair.

And it was.

Only this time, it was in favor of the wrong guy.

Indeed, TJ Dillashaw beat the odds tonight — entering the cage about a six to one underdog to pound-for-pound entrant and UFC Bantamweight champion Renan Barão. He would exit it the UFC Bantamweight champion in a performance commentator Joe Rogan called “the greatest performance I’ve seen in my life.”

Dillashaw moved around the Octagon beautifully, switching stances and incorporating fluid footwork while landing punching combinations seemingly at will. He scored a knockdown in the first round, nearly earning the finish with a choke before time expired. He kept the pace as the rounds wore on, utilizing more kicks — including a particularly hard head kick in round two.

After winning virtually every minute of every round, Dillashaw knocked Barão down again in the fifth. The representative of Sacramento, California’s Team Alpha Male stood over his downed opponent for more punches until referee Herb Dean stopped the contest.

The historic win was the first title for Team Alpha Male, who enjoyed their last bout with Duane Ludwig serving as coach. Ludwig has left California to begin his own facility in his home state in Colorado. Barão, of Nova União in Rio De Jainero, Brazil, falls to 35-2-1 while Dillashaw improves to 10-2.

**At UFC 173, TJ Dillashaw defeated Renan Barão at 2:22 of round five to earn the UFC Bantamweight Championship.**

It was a work of art…..he dismantled him.

Woooooow

amazing his gameplan was perfect

Big buxxxx in Vegas!

Hahaaa.

Wow! Just…WOW!!! That kid was near perfect tonight…The movement was crazy good…But he was also fearless…He completely took that fight to Barao…I still can’t believe how good TJ was…Amazing…

chad mendes is going to repeat this feat against aldo and for the first time we will witness an all american string of champions in the UFC

Agree The era of the brazillian fighters ended with silva getting knocked out by wiedman!!!

#totaldomination

WTF!!!! Holy crap!! That’s was crazy! Damn!!

I’ve never seen somebody gettting fucked up like barao got fucked up…. Dillashaw is world class!!!

Im thinking Barao took TJ WAY too lightly and didnt train for or expect this type of fight. Rematch will be Berao no doubt.

Such a beautiful 5 rounds to watch, and listening in to Duane between rounds was amazing too. Super inspiring performance.

Was a good fight. WOW.!!

TJ wins. Flawless victory.

Gavin Phelan Barry Murphy

The best performance i have ever seen!

Bad ass. Another belt for U.S.A.

The best fight I have seen yet! What amazing technique and skill T.J. Dillashaw used to just dominate. I gotta give it to Dan Henderson too. Daniel Cormier was a big freaking dude.

Man TJ was on fire. He was to good for Barao today. Great fight.

I think it was well earned!

I was at UFC 158. This young kid scored the first KO of the night and came and sat in our section to watch the fights from the crowd. That young kid was TJ Dillashaw…who is now the new Bantamweight Champion. WOW!

That was as close as you’ll ever get to a “striking clinic”.. His footwork, feints and unpredictability had Barao lost.

i am losing my shit!!! i havent seen.it yet and am dying! pleeeeease someone have a link i can watch it??

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