Third time’s the charm right?

On Tuesday afternoon, during an episode of America’s Pregame on Fox Sports 1, it was revealed the UFC had officially the highly anticipated rematch between reining UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and former champion Renan Barão for the main event of UFC on FOX 15 in Chicago.

For those counting this is the third time the two have been booked in the last 12 months.

The two were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 177 last August in rematch of their thrilling UFC 173 title fight where fans saw Dillashaw (11-2) 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.

The two were then booked to meet in the main event of UFC 186 later this month. However, this time it would be Dillashaw who would pull out after breaking a rib in training camp.

Also announced for the upcoming card is a lightweight matchup between former champion Anthony Pettis and Myles Jury as well as a women’s bantamweight contest between Miesha Tate and Jessica Eye.

Pettis (18-3) will be looking to get back into the title hunt after seeing reigning champion Rafael dos Anjos walk away his belt at UFC 185 last month. Prior to this setback, ‘Showtime’ earned a second round submission over former Stikeforce, WEC and Dream champion Gilbert Melendez in the co-main event of UFC 181 in December, earning a Performance of the Night bonus in the process. This not only marked his first title defense but also extended his win streak to five, which includes four straight stoppages.

Jury (15-1), a veteran of season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter, will enter this fight coming off his first career loss, which came in the form of a one-sided beatdown at the hands of Donald Cerrone at UFC 182 in January. Prior to this setback, the man known as ‘Fury’ had won all six of his bouts under the UFC banner, which included TKO victory over former Pride FC legend Takanori Gomi and a decision over TUF 1 champion Diego Sanchez.

Tate (16-5), a former Strikeforce champion, will be looking to extender her wins streak to four straight. In his most recent effort, fans saw ‘Cupcake’ earn a thrilling come from behind decision win over fellow UFC title contender Sara McMann at UFC 183 in January. Prior to this win, she earned back-to-back decisions over Liz Carmouce and Rin Nakai. To date her last professional loss came in the form of a third round submission loss to UFC bantamweight champion and bitter rival Ronda Rousey in their co-main event title fight at UFC 168 in December 2013.

Eye (11-2), is coming off a second round TKO over Leslie Smith at UFC 180 in November, where fans saw the woman known as ‘Evil’ punch her opponents ear off. Prior to this win, Eye suffered close split decision loss to former title contender Alexis Davis at UFC 170 in February, snapping her eight fight unbeaten streak in the process. The Ohio native also scored an impressive split decision win over Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166, before seeing her victory changed to a No-Contest due to testing positive for marijuana following a post-fight drug test.

UFC on FOX 16 is currently scheduled to take place July 25 at the United Center in Chicago, Il.

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