T.J. Dillashaw will have to settle for Joe Soto at UFC 177

New bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw celebrates his TKO win over opponent Renan Barao (not...

New bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw celebrates his TKO win over opponent Renan Barao (not pictured) following their UFC 173 bantamweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV, USA. (Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:23 PM ET

One of the most anticipated fights of the year is a no-go.

Instead of taking on Renan Barao on Saturday night, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will be stepping into the octagon for a fight with … umm … Joe Soto.

Who?

Joe Soto.

Again, who?

Well, Soto's a man who is ranked nowhere near the division’s top-10 and happens to have a grand total of zero UFC fights to his name.

The 27-year-old stepped in on Friday to fight Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 177 after Barao fell ill while cutting weight and was forced to withdraw.

“I was lying on the floor in my restroom naked, cooling off on the tiles, and a UFC number was calling me,” Soto told UFC.com. “I was like ‘man, what is this about?’ and they called me downstairs and asked me if I wanted the shot, and I said I’ll take it.”


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