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UFC 177: ‘Disappointed’ Renan Barao first comments on weight-cutting disaster, vows to ‘rip TJ Dillashaw’s head off’ for criticism

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight titleholder, Renan Barao, made his first public appearance since getting scratched from his UFC 177 title fight against TJ Dillashaw, which was scheduled for Saturday night (August 30, 2014) in Sacramento, California. See how it all went down here. After coughing up his title at UFC 173, the Brazilian was unable to make weight while preparing for his Sactown rematch and landed himself in the hospital.


While details were sketchy on what exactly transpired, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan was able to get it straight from Barao following the UFC 177 Prelims bouts on FOX Sports 1. His words: I was dehydrating in the bathtub, I fainted, I hit my head, I was taken to the hospital. I don’t remember anything that happened before or after, I just remember being waken up in the hospital. I was fine, my weight was around what I regularly come in for a fight.


Everything was fine, everything was going great. The whole thing was I hit my head in the bathtub. I’ve had 35 fights cutting weight this method, it’s always been fine for me. The whole problem is I got up too fast and I blacked out, so that was the whole issue. [I cut] around 10 kilos. I’m very sad to not be fighting, this was a dream come true. I’m very disappointed and I want to come back and I want to face TJ. He’s been saying a lot of things and I want to come and tear his head off. 

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