UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. SotoUFC 177, which is headlined by the UFC bantamweight championship bout between T.J. Dillashaw and Joe Soto (Renan Barao fell ill during weight cut) and the lightweight bout between Tony Ferguson and Danny Castillo. Read More +
After scoring the biggest upset of 2014 by beating Renan Barao in May, TJ Dillashaw could have been the victim of the biggest upset of all-time Sunday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, but the UFC bantamweight champion made the best of an awkward situation as he retained his crown with a fifth-round knockout of late replacement Joe Soto.
It was a shutout win for middleweight prospect Derek Brunson in UFC 177 preliminary action at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento Sunday, as he used his wrestling to dominate his three-round middleweight bout against Lorenz Larkin and take home a unanimous decision.
All three judges saw it 30-27.
Larkin's striking served him well in the opening stages of the fight, but Brunson closed the distance and locked him up against the fence. After a bit of a stalemate, Brunson almost finished his foe with a guillotine choke, and while Larkin escaped, he did get put on the mat, which played right into Brunson's hands, as the North Carolina native controlled matters until the horn.