TJ Dillashaw may have a chance to avenge one of his losses at UFC 200, according to a news report by MMAFighting.com.
A bantamweight bout between the former champion and Raphael Assuncao is in negotiations for what is projected to be the UFC’s biggest card of all time. The pair fought at UFC Fight Night 29 in what turned out to be the Fight of the Night resulting in a narrow split-decision victory for Assuncao. Dillashaw disagreed with the judges’ decision and has been vocal about getting a second shot at Assuncao.
The bout against Assuncao marks Dillashaw’s (12-3) only loss between 2012 and 2016. The former Team Alpha Male member, who now fights out of Team Elevation in Colorado, went on to hand Renan Barao his first loss in 10 years to win the bantamweight title. He defended the belt twice, scoring finishes over Joe Soto and Barao, before losing it to former champion Dominick Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston.
Assuncao (23-4) has not fought in a year and a half due to complications involving an ankle injury he suffered in 2014. Nevertheless, Assuncao has been unbeaten since losing his UFC debut to Erich Koch in 2011 and currently rides a seven-fight win streak. His last octagon appearance was against Bryan Caraway, who he beat via unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 54.
UFC 200 will be headlined by a rematch between current light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and interim light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The event will take place on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.