In the wake of Conor McGregor being pulled from the UFC 200 card, the UFC is trying to pull out all the stops to garner more attention to the historic events. Reports have surfaced that a bantamweight rematch between former champion TJ Dillashaw and Raphael Assuncao will be added to the July 9th card. News of the fight was first reported on “UFC Tonight”.
Dillashaw (12-3) recently lost his bantamweight championship to Dominick Cruz in a hard-fought technical battle back in January. The win was the culmination for Cruz who has spent the better part of four years dealing with injuries while at the same time it ended the storybook run of Dillashaw.
Dillashaw captured the bantamweight title from who many considered the best pound for pound fighter in the world at the time, Renan Barao at UFC 173. The win was widely considered one of the biggest upsets in the UFC’s history. The match up between Barao and Dillashaw was quickly put together after the event had lost two main events due to injuries and suspensions. Ironically it was Raphael Assuncao who was originally pegged to face Barao at UFC 173 and not Dillashaw.
Assuncao (23-4) turned down the offer to face Barao citing a rib injury. The UFC went with Dillashaw instead and the rest is now history. Leg injuries have kept Assuncao out of action since 2014 but he does own a victory over Dillashaw and now that he is finally healthy he may be back on the track to getting that title shot he was once offered.
UFC 200 will take place on July 9 at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas.