Renan Barao Removed from UFC 177

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Former UFC bantamweight champion and No. 1 contender Renan Barao has been removed from his UFC 177 rematch against current champion T. J. Dillashaw after Barao reportedly feeling ill during his weight cut.

Barao will be replaced on the card by bantamweight Joe Soto (15-2), the winner of six consecutive fights who was scheduled to fight on the undercard against Anthony Birchak.

The UFC 177 pay-per-view program will continue as scheduled, and an update regarding Birchak will be announced shortly. Check back at for more information.

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