Welcome to WrestlingObserver.com's live coverage of the UFC On FOX 16: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 weigh-ins from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois kicking off at 4 PM eastern time. The event airs on Saturday on FOX at 8 PM eastern time. Preliminary card action kicks off on UFC Fight Pass at 4:15 PM eastern time before moving over to FOX at 6 PM eastern time. This marks the first title fight on network television since UFC On FOX 9 in December 2013.
The event is headlined by UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw defending the championship against the man he defeated for it at UFC 173 in May 2014, former champion Renan Barao. Unlike last time, Dillashaw enters this fight as the favorite to retain, but a win by Barao could set up a trilogy bout. The co-main event is a title eliminator bout in the UFC women's bantamweight division as former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate takes on rising contender Jessica Eye. Also on the main card is a pair of exciting lightweight match-ups as Edson Barboza takes on Paul Felder, and Joe Lauzon squares off with Takanori Gomi.
Barao missed weight on the first try by 1/2 pound. Removed the shorts and made weight! Otherwise a very uneventful weigh-in.
MAIN CARD (FOX- 8 PM ET/5 PM PT):
T.J. Dillashaw (135) vs. Renan Barao (135) - UFC Bantamweight Championship
Miesha Tate (135.5) vs. Jessica Eye (136)
Edson Barboza (155) vs. Paul Felder (155.5)
Joe Lauzon (155.5) vs. Takanori Gomi (155.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX- 6 PM ET/3 PM PT):
Gian Villante (205) vs. Tom Lawlor (203)
Jim Miller (155) vs. Danny Castillo (155.5)
Kenny Robertson (170) vs. Ben Saunders (170.5)
Eddie Wineland (136) vs. Bryan Caraway (135.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 4:15 PM ET/1:15 PM PT):
Daron Cruickshank (155) vs. James Krause (155.5)
Ramsey Nijem (156) vs. Andrew Holbrook (155.5)
Jessamyn Duke (135.5) vs. Elizabeth Phillips (135)
Zak Cummings (170.5) vs. Dominique Steele (170.5)