At UFC 173 this Sunday, Renan Barao will defend his bantamweight title against TJ Dillashaw, Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson cross paths on their way to light heavyweight title contention, and Robbie Lawler and Jake Ellenberger battle each other for welterweight relevancy. Three main event-worthy matches in one card? We'd be fools not to catch this one!
But don't place your bets just yet. Allow us to remind you what each of these guys can do inside the Octagon, courtesy of this week's edition of FHM GIF-Off! Who among them can punch the hardest? Which fighter has the bestest highlight reel? And who will reign supreme in the GIF department? Let's find out!
GIF-Off: Renan Barao versus TJ Dillashaw
Dillashaw starts out strong by showing off his ground and pound skills, Team Alpha Male style. This kid has learned a whole lot from Urijah Faber. They may even have the same skill set!
But Barao hits right where it hurts, finishing TJ's mentor off with a haymaker and a series of hammer shots to the head. The champion just made this personal!
Whatever TJ lacks in size, he more than makes up for with his wide arsenal of chokes. This opponent, however, manages to escape. That was a close call, though!
Renan knows that chokes work best when an opponent is already on the verge of getting knocked out. A knee to the face and a couple of combinations ought to do the trick.
Dillashaw rallies one last time by exhibiting his stand-up skills. Barao's signature quickness will have zero effect on this guy.
But the thing with Barao is he can hurt you from any angle. Heck, he can even knock you out without looking!
Winner by unanimous decision: Renan Barao
Dillashaw hasn't collected enough finishes to match up to a human highlight reel like Barao. Besides, the champion's roundhouse kick knockout of Eddie Wineland at UFC 165 is a GIF-maker's dreams come true. Good luck topping that!