UFC on Fox 16 or UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 is two things: free and awesome. Obviously free means it is not a pay-per-view, so you do not need to pay for it. What’s better than a handful of free fights?

It is not everyday you get to watch a title fight for free, but with Dillashaw vs. Barao 2, you get to witness a great title fight; for free.

The bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, is coming off of his first title defense against Joe Soto at UFC 177. At UFC 177, Dillashaw dominated the fight and ended up winning by TKO in the fifth and final round. If that sounds familiar to you it may be because to win the belt, Dillashaw won in the fifth round of that fight by TKO.

He beat Renan Barao in that fight at UFC 173 to win the UFC bantamweight title.

Barao won the belt in 2012 against Urijah Faber at UFC 149 and then defended his belt three times before running into Dillashaw. Barao is 35-2 with one no contest.

Barao is coming off of a third round submission victory over Mitch Gagnon, which earned him his title shot once again. Barao will be looking to get his belt back against the man who stole in on Saturday night.

Dillashaw is turning into a legitimate champion, as he has defended his belt one time already, and will be looking to defend it once more. Barao knows that the fight will not be easy, but here are his keys to victory on Saturday night.

Expect The Unexpected:

Last time Barao met Dillashaw, no one really expected Dillashaw would knock off the man who was on a ridiculous thirty-plus fight win streak. That is one thing that many say helped Dillashaw win the belt; he came in and Barao did not expect what Dillashaw brought; the unexpected. Joe Rogan had this to say after the fight, “In all my years of watching fights, of calling fights, this may be the most impressive performance, the most unexpected performance, I have ever seen.” Barao needs to go into the fight on Saturday ready for anything if he wants to walk away the champion.

Take The Fight To TJ Dillashaw:

Also in the last fight, Barao let Dillashaw control the fight. Dillashaw dialed in and looked like he was already the champion. Barao needs to make sure that he takes the fight to Dillashaw and be the one who is comfortable inside the octagon. If he wants to get his belt back he needs to take the fight to Dillashaw and not the other way around. If Barao allows Dillashaw to dial in once again, he will walk away defeated once again.

Fight With Nothing To Lose:

Maybe this ties into the last key to victory of taking the fight or maybe it does not. One thing is for sure; Barao needs to fight with nothing to lose because this time he truly does not have anything to lose. Dillashaw is the champion and if Barao wants to get the belt back he needs to act like Dillashaw is the champion. Barao needs to go out on Saturday and do whatever he has to do to walk away as the champion.

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.