On Saturday, July 25, 2015, the UFC heads to the United Center in Chicago for UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2. In the feature bout of the evening, bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw, and challenger, Renan Barao, will finally battle it out for the second time.

In addition to the bantamweight title fight, UFC on Fox 16 is loaded with interesting matchups features some of the the best talent the UFC has to offer. The great thing about this card is that it will really highlight the lighter weights as nine of the bouts on the card take place in either the lightweight and bantamweight divisions.

Daron Cruickshank vs. James Krause

In the feature bout of the UFC Fight Pass portion of the preliminary card, lightweights Cruickshank and Krause will battle it out to stay relevant in the UFC lightweight division. Both fighters have show a lot of promise and potential, but had underwhelming performances as of late. The winner of this bout will keep pace while the loser could find themselves on the chopping block.

The Fireball Kid

The only lightweight champion in PRIDE FC history and an absolute legend in the sport, Takanori Gomi will be taking on Joe Lauzon on Saturday night. Gomi is 36, but while the end of his career is near, he still brings the excitement every time he steps inside the cage. This could be one of the last time fans get the opportunity to watch Gomi live.

Dynamic Striking Showdown

In the second bout of the main card, lightweights Edson Barboza and Paul Felder will battle it out. Barboza and Felder are two of the most dynamic strikers in the UFC today and with 16 combined wins by knockout, there’s a good chance someone is going to sleep. Don’t blink because if you do, you could miss something spectacular.

Miesha Tate vs. Jessica Eye

In the co-main event of the evening, top women’s bantamweight contenders, Tate and Eye, will compete to move one step closer to a title shot. This should be a great bout between two of the best the women’s bantamweight division has to offer. Tate is currently riding a three fight win streak while Eye is coming off of an impressive second round TKO victory in her last outing. If you like watching complete, well-rounded mixed martial artists, then this is the bout for you.

The Rematch

In the main event of the evening, Dillashaw and Barao will finally meet in a rematch for the UFC bantamweight title. This is the third time this rematch has been scheduled, and fingers crossed, fight fans will get the chance to see the two best bantamweight battle it out again. In their first meeting, Dillashaw was a huge underdog, but he put it on Barao from start to finishing; knocking out Barao to claim his title in the fifth and final round.

Both men have picked up wins since – both earning “Performance of the Night” bonuses – and both are hungry for this rematch. For Dillashaw, this is his opportunity to prove that his first win was no fluke. For Barao, this is his opportunity to prove he just had an off night.

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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.