UFC on FOX 16 with emanate from Chicago on July 15 and will feature a rematch between current UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao. The event will also include a women’s bantamweight contest between Jessica Eye and Miesha Tate as well as the return of Anthony Pettis who takes on Myles Jury.
The news broke on America’s Pregame on FOX Sports 1.
The rematch between Dillashaw and Barao has been expected to headline UFC 186 in Montreal, Canada, as well as UFC 177. Ahead of this month’s pay-per-view, Dillashaw suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw. The Team Alpha Male product defeated Barao at UFC 173 to become the new title holder. He defended the title against Joe Soto, who stepped up on less than 24 hours notice to replace Barao at UFC 177. Prior to that scheduled rematch, Barao was hospitalized following a poor weight cut and couldn’t compete.
During the UFC 189 press tour, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey announced that the tilt with Miesha Tate and Jessica Eye was in the cards. It’s probable that the winner of the upcoming bout will earn a shot at fighting for the belt next.
Tate has won three straight since being submitted by Rousey at UFC 168. “Cupcake” last defeated Sara McMann at UFC 183 and currently holds the no. 1 spot in the rankings. Though she broke her orbital bone early in the battle, she fought through the injury to pull off the win.
Eye devastated Leslie Smith’s hopes of earning a W at UFC 180. The Ohio native unleashed strikes that caused Smith’s ear to burst open and nearly fall off, and eventually forced an end to the fight. The TKO finish marked Eye’s first official victory inside the Octagon. She is currently ranked at no. 6.
Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis returns from a decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos to face Myles Jury.
At UFC 185, Pettis was battered by dos Anjos over the course of five rounds. Still ranked at no. 1 in the division, the Duke Roufus fighter will look to make his way back into title contention. “Showtime” has only had two setbacks in his UFC career and was on a 5-fight win streak before losing his strap to dos Anjos.
Myles Jury was undefeated prior to facing Donald Cerrone. The 26-year-old dropped a unanimous decision to “Cowboy” at UFC 178. Now at 15-1, the Alliance MMA athlete will look to bounce back into the win column. Jury stands at no. 8 in the rankings.
UFC on FOX 16 will emanate from the United Center in Chicago, Il., on July 25th.