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UFC on FOX 16: T.J. Dillashaw vows to finish Renan Barão faster in rematch

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UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw plans to make an even more powerful statement in his rematch with Renan Barão at UFC on FOX 16.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

UFC bantamweight stud T.J. Dillashaw shocked the world when he knocked out Renan Barao to seize the 135 lbs. title at UFC 173 last year. The Team Alpha Male standout battered Barao from pillar-to-post before crumpling the Brazilian with a head kick in the fifth round, followed up with ground and pound to cap off a championship defining performance.

Dillashaw successfully defended the bantamweight title when he finished Joe Soto in similar fashion at UFC 177 and now looks to dispel any doubts of a fluke victory when he re-engages with Renan Barao for UFC on FOX 16 on July 25. T.J. looks to make a statement on Saturday night when he plans to one-up his previous fight with Barao and finish the fight even faster.

"I see myself finishing the fight a little faster," Dillashaw said to the LA Times yesterday. "It's a huge advantage for me for multiple reasons. Not only does it affect the body carrying too much weight — he gasses out in fights — I've been training at the weight I'll fight.

"I'm concentrating on the fight, not fighting the scale. There's added pressure in cutting weight. I'd rather be the faster, better conditioned fighter."

Dillashaw and Barao were originally set to lock horns in an immediate rematch at UFC 177, but the Nova União fighter was forced to withdraw from the bout after he was rushed to the hospital following a devastating weight cut. T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao will headline the UFC on FOX 16 card at the United Center in Chiago, Illinois on July 25th.