Unlike other professional sports, there is no offseason in MMA. Week in and week out fight cards all over the world are taking place. Some weeks there will be major fight cards filled with big name fighters others not so much, but there are fights taking place every week.

Regardless of whether the fighters are household names or not, The MMA Corner will preview the best fight taking place during the week.

This week’s Fight of the Week is the UFC interim featherweight title fight between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes.

On Saturday, July 25, 2015, the UFC heads to the United Center in Chicago for UFC on Fox 16 where bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will look to defend his title against former champion Renan Barao in a rematch for the ages.

For Barao, this bout is about redemption. Heading into their first bout at UFC 173, Barao was heavily favored, riding a 33-fight unbeaten streak. Barao was considered to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport and was expected to just run through Dillashaw. Now, Barao wants to prove that their first meeting was just a fluke and that he truly is the best bantamweight in the world today.

Dillashaw on the other hand is looking to cement his standing atop the division. Even though he decisively beat Barao in their first meeting, there are many out there who believe that Barao had an off night and that Dillashaw simply took advantage of the situation. A second win over Barao would solidify Dillashaw’s place in the rankings and prove once and for all that he is the better fighter.

This fight has so many layers it’s difficult to imagine it being anything less than stellar. You have the individual rivalry between Dillashaw and Barao, the rivalry between their gyms – Team Alpha Male and Nova Uniao – and you have a title on the line. Bantamweights have yet to really resonate with the casual fan base, but on Saturday, that could change as two of the very best battle it out live on Fox.

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RJ Gardner
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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, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.