Line forming to take shot at Dillashaw's UFC title belt

T.J. Dillashaw (blue) throws a punch at Renan Barao during their UFC 173 bantamweight championship...

T.J. Dillashaw (blue) throws a punch at Renan Barao during their UFC 173 bantamweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Dillashaw won the bout by way of TKO. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)

GORDON ANDERSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:38 PM ET

No rest for the victorious.

New bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw probably hasn't had the belt fitted properly around his narrow waist after his stunning defeat of Renan Barao but that hasn't stopped the hungry mouths in the bantamweight division from looking at him in a predatory way.

Raphael Assuncao, who pulled out because of a rib injury but is feeling better now, was supposed to fight Barao,.

Assuncao was complimentary of Dillashaw but stressed he's a better fighter.

"(Dillashaw) needs to change his strategy because it won't work against me and he knows it," Assuncao told mmafighting. "It's a fight and anything can happen, and that's why MMA is so exciting."

Dillashaw and Assuncao fought seven months ago at UFC Fight Night 29 in Brazil, with Assuncao getting a split decision, but the Brazilian wasn't overly surprised by the result Saturday night.


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