On the latest edition of ESPN’s MMA Live, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw joined the broadcast via telephone ahead of his rematch against Renan Barao, the man he defeated at UFC 173 to capture the belt. During the interview, Dillashaw talked about how his life has changed both inside and outside the MMA universe since winning the title.

Along with winning a championship comes new found fame. Dillashaw talked about how much more media attention he has garnered since capturing UFC gold. Also, a month after winning the title, Dillashaw also became a married man. He went on to discuss how getting married has changed his life.

Also, he expects to see a different Barao in their rematch. He gave his thoughts on a different approach he believes Barao will bring to the fight, along with the things he as been working on with his trainer, former UFC lightweight Duane “Bang” Ludwig.

In their first bout at UFC 173 a mere three months ago, Dillashaw sent shock waves throughout the mixed martial arts world when he scored a fifth round TKO victory over Barao to win the bantamweight champion. Many people have called it the biggest upset in UFC history, putting it over Matt Serra’s TKO victory over Georges St-Pierre to win the welterweight title at UFC 69.

UFC 177 will take place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA. on Saturday, August 30. The rest of the main card breaks down as followed:

Lightweight bout – Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo

Bantamweight bout – Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler

Lightweight bout – Ramsey Nijem vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira

Lightweight bout – Yancy Medeiros vs. Justin Edwards.

You can catch the early preliminary fight between Chris Wade and Cain Carrizosa in a lightweight exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 7:30 pm EST. From there, you can catch the following preliminary bouts on FOX Sports 1 starting at 8:00 pm EST:

Bantamweight bout – Joe Soto vs. Anthony Birchak

Heavyweight bout – Ruan Potts vs Anthony Hamilton

Flyweight bout – Scott Jorgensen vs. Henry Cejudo

Middleweight bout – Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek Brunson

UFC 177 will be available to purchase on pay-per-view on UStream, YouTube, Yahoo! Sports, UFC.tv, and UFC Fight Pass. Check with your cable or satellite provider for local availability.

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