The injury bug has claimed yet another UFC champion.

On Tuesday afternoon, the UFC announced their bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw had suffered a rib injury in camp, forcing him out his highly anticipated rematch against former champion Renan Barão at UFC 186.

UFC President Dana White revealed the news during an interview with Los Angeles radio personality Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander on KRRL-FM 92.3 after an initial report from The Star Phoenix.

For those counting, this is the second straight bout the two were scheduled to fight, before a freak accident threw a wrench into the title fight.

The two were then scheduled to meet at UFC 177 last August in rematch of their thrilling UFC 173 title fight where fans saw Dillashaw snap Barão’s 33 fight unbeaten streak, claiming his championship belt in the process.

However, in one of the most bizarre series of events in UFC history, Barão (32-2) pulled out of the bout just hours before the scheduled weigh-ins. It was later revealed he was taken to the hospital after he lost consciousness and hit his head while cutting weight in the sauna.

The UFC would end up replacing Barão with promotional newcomer Joe Soto, who would go on to suffer a violent fifth round knockout to Dillashaw. Barão would eventually get back into the win column with third round submission over Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night 58 last December.

As of this post there is no timetable for Dillashaw’s return and there is no word on whether or not the UFC has a replacement opponent for Barão.

The night’s scheduled co-main event between flyweitht champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi is expected to be promoted to the headlining act.

UFC 186 is currently set to take place on April 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal.

 

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