You’d have to be too much of a UFC betting buff to want to place money on UFC 176, unless you’re interested more on the wagering action than in the quality of the actual event. And at this juncture Dana White and Co. seem headed toward the poorest quality card since UFC 151 -which was actually cancelled. It all started when the main event rematch of featherweight champion Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes was scrapped when the former suffered a shoulder and cervical spine injury.
The UFC odds that 177 will be better than 176 are pretty good. For starters, the August 30 card does have a title bout in the TJ Dillashaw - Renan Barao rematch, in which the latter will attempt to reclaim the bantamweight championship that the former took from him at UFC 173 on May. Raphael Assuncao was expected to be named number one contender for the title -and in fact has already beaten Dillashaw before- but it was Barao who got the nod from Dana White, as well as the chance to exact a measure of revenge on the man who he might see as his nemesis.