Seven years in the past at this time, TJ Dillashaw shot to MMA superstardom. In the principle occasion of UFC 173, Dillashaw challenged Renan Barão for the UFC Bantamweight title. Barão, on the time, was undefeated within the UFC and had not misplaced a bout since his debut combat in 2005. Barão, the heavy favourite, was shocked by TJ after being completed by a flurry of strikes inside the closing spherical. The combat earned the “Upset of the Yr” accolade and led to a depressing decline inside the profession of Renan Barão. That is the primary occasion of the Curse of the Snake.
The Curse of TJ Dillashaw
After shedding his title, Barão regarded to bounce again in a giant approach. He fought Mitch Gagnon on December 20, 2014, incomes a submission victory and a Efficiency of the Evening Accolade. The win earned him a rematch with TJ Dillashaw and on July 25, 2015, the pair squared off in entrance of an electrical Chicago crowd. Within the fourth spherical, TJ unloaded an immense variety of pictures that rocked Barão and finally led to Herb Dean waiving off the competition.
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Extra venom was shot into the veins of Barão.
“The Baron” misplaced his subsequent combat to Jeremy Stephens however was in a position to soar again into the win column after knocking off Phillipe Nover on September 24, 2016. This is able to be the final time Barão would get his fingers raised inside UFC cage.
At UFC 214 Barão dropped a unanimous determination to present bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling. In 2018, he’d lose to Brian Kelleher and Andre Ewell. Luke Sanders then knocked him out in February 2019 and at UFC Battle Evening 164, Douglas Silva de Andrade handed him a fifth straight loss. In December 2019 Barão was launched from the UFC.
The Curse of TJ Dillashaw and the Downfall of Cody Garbrandt
After a number of dangerous blood and brutal verbal exchanges, TJ Dillashaw squared off in opposition to Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217. On the time, the surging Garbrandt boasted an ideal 11-0 report with 9 KOs. Garbrandt discovered some early success and even shocked the difficult Dillashaw on the finish of the primary spherical. Nonetheless, the combat ended abruptly for Garbrant after Dillashaw landed a stiff proper hand adopted by a flurry of stinging strikes within the center body of the second spherical.
With an injection of venom, Garbrandt misplaced his UFC Bantamweight title.
A Deadly Injection
“No Love” challenged TJ in an instantaneous rematch at UFC 227. After changing into overzealous in his assault, Dillashaw caught Garbrandt with a pair of stiff proper hooks that dropped him. Dillashaw adopted up with a couple of extra clear pictures after which unloaded on the dazed Garbrandt. After seeing sufficient, Herb Dean stepped in to waive off Dillashaw’s onslaught.
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The snake’s fangs sunk deep into Garbrandt.
Cody’s Fall from Prime
The Workforce Alpha Male fighter reentered the cage at UFC 250 in opposition to Raphael Assunção with a determined must win. “No Love” seemed to be again to enterprise after scoring a spotlight reel knockout that earned him a Efficiency of the Evening bonus. This previous weekend Cody regarded to leap again into title competition when he squared off in opposition to Rob Font in a five-round contest. Cody, though affected person all through, had no reply for Font’s crisp hanging and gave the impression to be a shell of the fighter he as soon as was.
Since getting into the cage with TJ Dillashaw with a report of 11-0, Garbrandt now sits at 12-4 with 3 TKO/KO losses.
Is Cory Sandhagen Subsequent?
TJ Dillashaw has a curse—a venom’s chew. Seemingly unstoppable fighters enter the cage with TJ and go away modified for the worst. Cory Sandhagen is a vivid, younger star inside the bantamweight division and isn’t too far off from a title shot. The pair are scheduled to conflict someday this 12 months. If TJ Dillashaw can defeat Cory Sandhagen, will the result be the identical? Do you suppose the curse of the snake is actual?