White open to Dillashaw/Barao rematch

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Prior to UFC 173, Raphael Assuncao was the number one contender, but an injury prevented him from competing and TJ Dillashaw took the bantamweight title from Renan Barao. Although Assuanco is still the number one contender, it's possible the next bantamweight title fight could be a rematch between Barao and Dillashaw:

“I want to see both,” White said. “I'd want to see this rematch. Hell yeah, I'd want to see it. I want to see which Barao shows up for the next fight. I think that's a great fight.”

Prior to the fight, White had been vocal in his belief that Barao, riding a 33-fight unbeaten streak, was the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. There was little trace of that world-beater on Saturday, with Dillashaw out-landing him 169-68 and knocking him down twice before closing the show.

Before the fight, the question was whether Barao could ever become a marketable star. Now that he has a rival, it will be whether he's able to make adjustments in the wake of a one-sided defeat. 

“We're all going to find out what Renan Barao's made of,” White said. “Last time he lost, he didn't lose again for 35 fights. Let's see what he does after this loss.”

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