Renan Barao Off UFC 177 Card, Joe Soto To Battle For Bantamweight Title

In what may go down as the strangest moment in UFC history, the promotion was forced to promote a preliminary card fighter to not only main card status, but into a UFC title bout for his debut.

Former Bantamweight champion Renan Barao was set to rematch current champion TJ Dillishaw, but according to reports, was transported to a local Sacremento hospital prior to the events weigh-ins. With the Brazilian forced off the card, UFC officials decided to give the title bout to former Tachi Palace Bantamweight champion Joe Soto, who will now face TJ Dillishaw rather then former MFC competitor Anthony Birchak. ...

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