The UFC has a new title holder.
After dominating performance on all five rounds, TJ Dillashaw sent Renan Barão to the ground with a combination and forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight at 2:26 of the last round.
The contender started out strong with a knock-down late in the first round and continued the punishment all throughout the fight.
“After round 2, I knew I had it. I saw in his eyes!” said Dillashaw at the post-fight press conference.
Still on the octagon, Barão accepted defeat, but promised to return: “It was his day. He was better but I’ll comeback to claim what’s mine.”
Besides the bantamweight belt, Dillashaw also won two bonus and cashed an extra $100,000.
Here are the main event’s highlights.
Here are the other results of the night.
UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw
TJ Dillashaw def. Renan Barao by TKO at 2:26, R5
Daniel Cormier def. Dan Henderson by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:53, R3
Robbie Lawler def. Jake Ellenberger by TKO at 3:06, R3
Takeya Mizugaki def. Francisco Rivera by unanimous decision
James Krause def. Jamie Varner by TKO (injury) at 5:00, R1
Michael Chiesa def. Francisco Trinaldo by unanimous decision
Tony Ferguson def. Katsunori Kikuno by KO at 4:06, R1
Chris Holdsworth def. Chico Camus by unanimous decision
Mitch Clarke def. Al Iaquinta by submission (d’arce choke) at 0:57, R2
Vinc Pichel def. Anthony Njokuani by unanimous decision
Sam Sicilia def. Aaron Phillips by unanimous decision
Li Jingliang def. David Michaud by split decision