Earlier today we reported Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo was pulled from UFC 177. They issued the following statement:

Due to medical reasons, debuting flyweight Henry Cejudo has been forced to withdraw from Saturday’s UFC 177 bout against Scott Jorgensen in Sacramento. The card will continue as scheduled with nine bouts

Now, just hours later—and just less than an hour before the weigh-ins are scheduled to take place—it has been reported by @Sportscenter “Barao out of UFC 177 after feeling poorly during weight cut. Joe Soto steps into title fight vs. Dillashaw.”

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the event has been struck with a fatal blow.

As if the card wasn’t already lacking drawing power, now UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will be taking on former Bellator MMA featherweight champion and current Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight champion Joe Soto.

Soto last fought just 22 days ago, where we scored a north-south choke submission victory over Terrion Ware. Soto, sporting a professional record of 15-2, was originally scheduled to face off against Anthony Birchak (11-1) on the preliminary portion of the event.

It is unclear as of now if Birchak will find a replacement opponent—perhaps a catchweight bout with Scott Jorgensen—but we will bring you the news as soon as we know.

After the crazy day today, this is how the UFC 177 card:

Bantamweight title bout — T.J. Dillashaw vs. Joe Soto

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:

Heavyweight bout – Ruan Potts vs Anthony Hamilton

Middleweight bout – Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek Brunson



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