After having their rematch delayed on two different occasions, UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and challenger Renan Barao will finally look to settle their score. On Saturday, July 25, 2015, the UFC will head to the United Center in Chicago for UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2.

The two first met back at UFC 173 and heading in Dillashaw was a huge underdog. But with the help of an excellent game plan and flawless execution, Dillashaw dominated the competition; ultimately knocking Barao out in the fifth to capture the title.

Disappointed by his performance and hungry to prove he truly is the best 135 pounder in the world, Barao is incredibly motivated heading into UFC on Fox 16. Barao believes his loss to Dillashaw was nothing more than a fluke and he’s out to prove it.

In addition to a great title fight, UFC on Fox 16 features a solid lineup of action that really focuses on the lighter weight classes. For the gamblers out there, this card has some real potential as all of the main card underdogs have upset potential.

Joe Lauzon, -250 vs. Takanori Gomi, +190

Kicking off the main card two of the UFC’s most entertaining lightweights square off as Lauzon takes on Gomi. Both men are coming off of TKO losses in their last outings and both are hungry to get back into the win column. Lauzon has the edge in terms of pure technical ability but Gomi has a way of baiting opponents into slugfests. While I am leaning towards Lauzon to win, Gomi’s power and unorthodox approach makes him a real value here.

Play: Take Gomi to win

Edson Barboza, -110 vs. Paul Felder, -110

If you aren’t excited for this matchup as a fan, then there is something seriously wrong with you as Barboza and Felder are two of the most dynamic strikers in the UFC today. They both utilize a lot of spinning techniques and they both possess knockout power. A straight pickem’ bout betters should really just go with their gut on this one.

Play: Take Barboza to win

Jessica Eye, +160 vs. Miesha Tate, -195

In the co-main event of the evening, two of the best women’s bantamweights in the world will collide with a potential title shot on the horizon. Tate and Eye both are one or two wins away from a shot at Ronda Rousey’s title, but a win on Saturday for either would put them in great position moving forward. Eye is a tough and gritty fighter, but Tate is just in a class above her skill wise.

Play: Take Tate to win

Renan Barao, +180 vs. T.J. Dillashaw, -220

Their first bout was eye opening as Dillashaw came in as the underdog and quickly brought the fight to Barao; now the tables are turned. For Barao to win on Saturday, he is going to have to get off first and force the action from bell-to-bell. Dillashaw is at his best when he is dictating the pace of the fight. If Barao can make Dillashaw fight at his pace, then he will have the advantage. The problem though is Dillashaw appeared to just be tailor made to beat Barao in their last meeting.

Play: Take Dillashaw to win, and +240, take him to win by decision

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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.