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Renan Barao Addresses UFC 177 Controversy During PPV Broadcast

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By now everyone knows the story. Renan Barao passed out while cutting weight and to make a long story short, was forced to pull out of his scheduled title rematch against TJ Dillashaw at UFC 177 just one day before the event. As a result, UFC newcomer Joe Soto took the fight on 24-hours notice so that the event could remain in tact. During the FOX Sports 1 preliminary portion of the event on Saturday night, UFC commentator Joe Rogan interviewed Barao through a translator backstage at the show.

 

In fact, Rogan left the broadcast table in the middle of a fight, being temporarily replaced by Kenny Florian, so that he could interview Barao. Barao explained his side of the story to Rogan, detailing what went down on Friday. I was dehydrating in the bath tub. I feinted, I hit my head, I was taken to the hospital, said the former UFC Bantamweight Champion. I was fine, Barao added. My weight was around regular what I come in for fight week.

 

Everything was fine, everything was going great the whole week. The whole thing was I hit my head in the bathtub and that’s where it all went down. Barao also addressed the criticism he has faced for his weight-cutting methods, backing them up and pointing out that he’s never failed to make weight for a fight in the past. I’ve had 35 fights cutting weight [with] this method, Barao explained. It’s always fine for me. I think the whole problem is I got up too fast and I blacked out and I fell, so that was the whole issue. Barao continued, I was very excited, I trained very hard for this fight. 

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