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TJ Dillashaw stops Renan Barao again, defends bantamweight title
CHICAGO -- Sixteen months after recording the largest upset in UFC title fight history,TJ Dillashawproved his first win over Renan Baraowas no fluke.Dillashaw (12-2) successfully defended his UFC bantamweight title for the second time Saturday night, dominating Barao en route to a fourth-round TKO finish to headline UFC Fight Night at United Center.Dillashaw, 29, took the belt from Barao (33-3) in a TKO victory in May 2014. Dillashaw entered the first fight as a more than 7-to-1 betting underdog. The UFC booked a rematch immediately after Dillashaw's stunning win, but it fell through when Barao fainted the day before the fight attempting to make weight.The long-awaited rematch looked similar to the first. Dillashaw beat Barao to the punch all night and confused him with constant movement. According to Fightmetric, Dillashaw landed 157 total strikes compared with 77 for Barao.

"He came out a little more aggressive in the beginning and tested my will," Dillashaw said. "I trained hard."The official time of the finish was the 35-second mark of the fourth. The first fight ended at 2:26 of the fifth.After hurting Barao with a left hand late in the third round, Dillashaw pounced on him at the start of the fourth. Barao fell back against the fence and briefly went limp twice because of punches, but he somehow managed to stay on his feet and threw punches back.Barao initially protested the stoppage, but it seemingly was an easy decision to step in for referee Herb Dean.Fighting out of Nova Uniao in Rio de Janeiro, Barao attempted to wrestle more than he did in the first meeting but did not have much success. Early in first round, he landed several good knees to Dillashaw's body from the clinch and then dropped levels for a takedown. He continued to drive into Dillashaw periodically throughout but converted only one takedown, in the second round, which Dillashaw bounced up from instantly.Dillashaw landed virtually everything he threw. He switched stances constantly, landing right uppercuts, straight lefts, head kicks and jabs from every angle. When Barao did catch him with clean punches -- including a pair of hard right hands in the first round, an overhand right in the second -- Dillashaw made it a point to laugh back at him.Barao, who cut a substantial amount of weight to make 135 pounds, appeared tired by the third round. His punches slowed, and he started to shoot more desperately for takedowns. Dillashaw stuffed each of them, usually landing a left hook or short right hand afterward. Barao turtled up after one failed shot, providing Dillashaw an opportunity to jump to his side and land a knee to the body.Former UFC champion Dominick Cruz (20-1), who was stripped of the title last year because of inactivity, is expected to challenge Dillashaw next. Cruz is currently recovering from his third ACL surgery, which took place in January. Dillashaw has already expressed an interest in fighting Cruz, who is a longtime rival of Urijah Faber, Dillashaw's teammate."I don't think we have a similar style," Dillashaw, referring to Cruz, told ESPN.com. "I think people see footwork, and they automatically think we're the same. He's using footwork to get in and out and score points, I'm using footwork to hurt you and go for a finish. I think I'm far more dangerous than he is."

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