Take a look at all the action from UFC 173, where TJ Dillashaw shocked the world and dethroned Bantamweight champion Renan Barao, Daniel Cormier rag-dolled Dan Henderson and much, much more from an action packed night.
UFC Bantamweight Title Bout - Renan Barao (C) (32-1-0 1NC) vs. TJ Dillashaw #4 (9-2-0)
Round One: Dillashaw starts on the backpedal as Barao controls the speed. Dillashaw is testing Barao with kicks, getting the Brazilian on the defensive. Dillashaw tags Barao with an uppercut. Dillashaw gets Barao again. His counter shots are looking fantastic.
Barao gets him with a counter of his own and the two go back to kick trading. Dillashaw once again gets a nice blow onto Barao and Dillashaw lands an absolutely amazing overhand right that FLOORS BARAO! Dillashaw is looking for a finish and Barao is struggling.
He tags him again and he gets the back of Barao but somehow Barao escapes and oh my word Dillashaw nearly shocked the world there.
Scorecard: Dillashaw 10-8
Round Two: Dillashaw is PUMPED coming into round two. Barao is now on the defensive, he somehow survived one of the flushest punches. Dillashaw is coming in now and Barao is landing some good returns. Dillashaw is imposing his will and Barao is fighting worried.
That said Barao is counter engaging Dillashaw well here and if Dillashaw isn't careful he could lose it. Dillashaw however is making sure that at least one punch in his flurries is tagging well.
Dillashaw was trying for a guillotine and failed. Barao lands an inside leg kick and that'll adjust Dillashaw's cup a bit. We take a breather but we're back.
Another right hand lands on Barao but Barao is returning fire. A lot closer in this second round but still Dillashaw's round. The mix-up flurries are great here.
Scorecard: Dillashaw 10-9 (Dillashaw 20-17)
Round Three: Barao is stabilizing but he lacks the power that Dillashaw is throwing. Barao hasn't been allowed to settle for a moment in this fight, keeping Barao on the backfoot of exchanges.
Overhand right, leg kick, jab combo. Dillashaw just looks fantastic in the octagon at the moment. Everytime Barao makes any progress, Dillashaw brings him back down.
Dillashaw goes for a head kick, stumbles a bit yet Barao is still just defensive. Barao bloodied now and Dillashaw has Barao against the cage. Herb Dean wants Barao to look alive.
Scorecard: Dillashaw 10-9 (Dillashaw 30-26)
Round Four: As we enter the championship rounds we're getting more of the same from Dillashaw. Only a finish will do for Barao now. Dillashaw is back inside and landing more and more.
Dillashaw is like a shark and Barao is taking a lot of what's being thrown his way. Leg kicks opening up Barao.
Up against the cage and Dillashaw working on Barao with knees and body work. TJ gets Barao swept and tries for a guillotine. He almost soccer kicked Barao on his way down.
Barao is lively and the mat is his playground. Goes for a leg lock but Dillashaw gets up well and is now landing elbows from guard.
Scorecard: Dillashaw 10-9 (Dillashaw 40-35)
Round Five: Dillashaw is maintaining his offence as defence to scare off Barao. Barao knows now, more than ever, he needs a finish but can't find anything.
Big jumping knee misses and Dillashaw hits the head kick, Dillashaw knocks down Barao and reigns down blows from above. The referee stops the fight! Renan Barao is defeated. TJ Dillashaw shocks the world!
Result: Your winner and NEW UFC BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION, TJ Dillashaw! TJ Dillashaw defeats Renan Barao via TKO (Head Kick and Punches) at 2:26 into Round Five.
Dillashaw says it was a surprise to him how much he bought it. Barao is the best in the world and he knew he had to match that level and he did it. "Oh man, I've dreamed it for so long. It's just unbelievable. All you have to do is believe, baby. Believe and you'll get here."
"To be my best I have to be aggressive." Rogan compliments Dillashaw's performance against one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Renan Barao says his plan was to go in there do what he does best but he couldn't, says that he'll come back.
Light Heavyweight Bout - Daniel Cormier #4 (14-0-0) vs. Dan Henderson #6 (30-11-0)
Round One: Cormier takes early control with a takedown and has Henderson on the defensive with body shots and tiring Henderson out with his superior wrestling ability. The ground is where Henderson will look to avoid in the future.
Some nice transition work lets Henderson look for a leg lock, Cormier scares easily and goes back to stand up. Henderson's take down effort is stuffed and against the cage to end the round - all Cormier that round.
Scorecard: 10-9 Cormier
Round Two: Some big swings from Henderson get nothing as Cormier shoots for a single leg takedown and gets it. Henderson is back onto the defensive work, Cormier controlling Henderson again. Blocking any kind of stand up effort from Henderson.
Cormier is landing a lot of body shots. The crowd are booing the wrestling efforts of Cormier but it's effective and winning him this fight so far. Punches in bunches anytime Cormier shifts around. Henderson is trapped as Cormier is now looking for a submission.
The crowd continues to boo as Cormier is just bullying Henderson on the ground. Henderson is cut. All Cormier again.
Scorecard: 10-9 Cormier (20-18 Cormier)
Round Three: More of the same here for Cormier as he ragdolls Henderson as if he were a welterweight. Back onto the ground and this is just a wrestling clinic from Cormier. He's destroying his fellow Olympian. He has a chance to get the back but Henderson is defending smarter.
Cormier can just pick his points of attack as Henderson is exhausted. Cormier picks him off the floor, away from the fence and lands more and more punches to the side of Henderson's head. Cormier has the back of Henderson - rear naked choke is locked in and CORMIER CHOKES OUT HENDERSON!
Result: Daniel Cormier defeats Daniel Henderson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:53 into Round Three
Dan Henderson didn't tap out from that rear naked choke, he went out the hard way. Cormier is now 15-0 and just the fourth man to ever submit Henderson in his entire career.
Post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Cormier interrupts his first question to call out Jon Jones. He calls it "his octagon" and tell Jones to stop running.
Over to Henderson now, he's understandably exhausted and apologises to the fans for his performance. Speaking of his weight, he says he never noticed the difference until tonight, maybe it was the chicken he gave Cormier. He says he isn't done yet and will continue to fight.
Welterweight Bout - Robbie Lawler #1 (22-10-0 1NC) vs. Jake Ellenberger #5 (29-7-0)
Round One: Standard feeling out process is broken up by Lawler landing three kicks to Ellenberger to take control. Ellenberger is circling to his left to avoid the high left kicks of Lawler.
Ellenberger hasn't throw much, if anything, of interest at the moment. The most entertaining part of this fight so far has been Nate Diaz tweeting that Ellenberger ducked him two months ago.
Lawler is coming back into control and is making good impact with his strikes, both hands and feet. Ellenberger lands a nice body shot but that's been it as Lawler throws another kick to end the round.
Scorecard: Lawler 10-9
Round Two: Lawler tags Ellenberger to get the second starting with a bit more energy. This is all Lawler at the moment, Ellenberger is once again struggling to get anything going as Lawler continues to find the holes and land big punches.
It's Lawler's fight to lose as Ellenberger is unable to escape the varied offence of Lawler. Lawler just laughs at Ellenberger's take down. He reverses out of it, lands a big knee and Ellenberger is in more trouble. Lawler tries for the back but Ellenberger manages to prevent it.
Another takedown for Ellenberger, Lawler is still smiling. Ellenberger gets nothing of note off from that. The stats come up and Lawler has landed well over double the amount of shot as Ellenberger.
Scorecard: Lawler 10-9 (20-18 Lawler)
Round Three: Lawler connects with a knee. Ellenberger connects with a right hand and starts swinging for the fences and he hurts Lawler. Lawler back in control, the smile has faded a bit. Ellenberger seems to have injured his right hand, he's favouring it everytime he throws it.
Halfway through the round and now Lawler resumes the incisive punches. Punch to the eye, high knee from Lawler, Ellenberger down against the cage and it is all over.
Result: Robbie Lawler defeats Jake Ellenberger via TKO (Knee and Punches) at 3:06 into Round Three.
Bantamweight Bout - Takeya Mizugaki #6 (19-7-2) vs. Francisco Rivera #10 (10-2-0 1NC)
Round One: Rivera is leading the early exchanges as these two dance around each other. Mizugaki lands two big shots and Rivera drops down, Mizugaki shoots for a finish but Rivera staves off an attack.
Rivera grabs both arms as he tries to recover from those shots. He manages to get back to his feet as Mizugaki opts to pace himself rather rain blows. Up against the cage, Rivera lands a knee and sweeps for a takedown but Mizugaki back in control.
They break off the cage and Mizugaki catches a leg kick from Rivera. Rivera is back as he manages to snag another takedown but Mizugaki sprawls out as they're on the floor for the end of the round.
Scorecard: 10-9 Mizugaki
Round Two: Mizugaki leads the early trades this time. Rivera is back from that early blow but definitely weary and then he lands a beautiful head kick on Mizugaki. Another big punch cuts Mizugaki.
Mizugaki is moving well considering the shots he just took. Mizugaki goes for the takedown but it's not flush and Rivera takes over, trying to sync in a guillotine from half-guard but Mizugaki's defence is good enough.
Rivera is against the cage and a little gassed from the efforts of the guillotine. Mizugaki isn't taking as much as advantage but he lands a good shot to open up Rivera and now Mizugaki is in good position for a rear naked choke.
Rivera is keeping his chin low as Mizugaki works on the body more and more. Mizugaki has his hand free but he can't land it.
Scorecard: 10-9 Rivera (19-19)
Round Three: Slow start once again but Mizugaki looks confident in his approach. Mizugaki lands a great kick followed by a straight right to drop Rivera again. Rivera is once again holding onto Mizugaki, who can't find the finish.
Mizugaki has been working from guard for most of the round and with a minute to go, the referee stands them up. Rivera needs a knockout and they both trade blows back and forward. Mizugaki is the one leading the charge though. Rivera and Mizugaki just start swinging it at the end.
Scorecard: 10-9 Mizugaki (29-28 Mizugaki)
Result: Takeya Mizugaki defeats Francisco Rivera via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
No interview for Mizugaki but he earns his fifth straight win in the bantamweight division, putting him just behind the champion, Renan Barao at 7 and #2 contender, Raphael Assuncao in the division.
Lightweight Bout - Jamie Varner (21-9-1 2NC) vs. James Krause (20-5)
Round One: Extended feeling out process from both these guys but some Varner lands some nice shots to stun Krause but Varner's left foot has an issue.
Varner is looking to finish Krause due to his obvious injuries. He shoots to take down Krause and is definitely trying to finish this fight early.
Krause went for a guillotine and ate shots from Varner. Varner lands a punch to bust open Krause but can't get anything to follow up. Varner is on one leg and he keeps tripping on it. Krause has Varner down but takes it to the stand up game.
Krause kicks the left leg and then follows that with a big shot. Varner will be unable to continue because he hasn't been able to stand on his foot for near enough the entirety of that fight. Varner forfeits with what he's saying is a broken ankle.
Result: James Krause defeats Jamie Varner via TKO (Injury) at 5:00 into Round One.
Those replays are tough to watch as they show Krause targeting the lower leg and the multiple clips of Varner being unable to stand.
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