Losing your promised main event the day before the pay-per-view is not good for business.
Angels Camp Product T.J. Dillashaw was set to defend his UFC bantamweight crown against former champ Renan Barao today at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, but Barao pulled out of the bout because he because ill while trying to make weight. Now little-known Joe Soto gets a chance to fight for the title in his first UFC appearance.
The organization has had trouble with losing promised PPV fights recently, but this one really hurts. Dillashaw is the draw in Sacramento, but this is bound to hurt the PPV buys.
And now Soto gets a chance to be a star. He has an excellent 15-2 record built in smaller organization, and has not seen anyone like Dillashaw before.
What looked like an intriguing rematch is now going to be a homecoming celebration for Dillashaw.