TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao – UFC 173
Dillashaw was always seen by most pundits as a solid fighter, but certainly not one who could be a threat to such fighters as Renan Barao. He participated in the Ultimate Fighter 14 but lost in the grand final against future flyweight John Dodson.
A 5-1 run in the UFC followed, but none of the fighters Dillashaw beat were top ten fighters. Barao, on the other hand, had enjoyed a 7-0 run in the UFC, defeating the likes of Brad Pickett, Scott Jorgensen and Urijah Faber (twice) to take his total MMA record to 32-1 going into the fight against Dillashaw.
Dillashaw surprised the masses, however, by dominating Barao from the outset, thoroughly winning the first four rounds of their fight before finishing the Brazilian midway through the fifth round.