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Aug 29, 2014 6:53 PM

Barao removed, Soto to fight Dillashaw at UFC 177

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) T.J. Dillashaw will be making his first UFC title defense against a last-minute replacement.

Renan Barao was removed from the rematch against Dillashaw (11-2) after reportedly feeling ill during his weight cut. He was replaced by bantamweight Joe Soto (15-2), who was scheduled to fight the undercard against Anthony Birchak.

Dillashaw and Soto are scheduled for a five-round bout headlining UFC 177 on Saturday night in Sacramento, a little more than 80 miles from where the current champ grew up in Angels Camp. Birchak's new opponent was not immediately announced.


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