Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw squared off against #2 ranked John Lineker in what was likely a title eliminator bout on the main card of UFC 207. Dillashaw won the bout with a unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26).
In the first round, Dillashaw maintained his distance on the outside where he attempted several head kicks, including one which landed and was caught by Lineker, bringing the fight to the ground. Lineker remained in Dillashaw’s guard briefly before the former champion was able to get back to his feet and score a double-leg takedown of his own. He landed some ground and pound before the two stood back up where he remained in control with long-range striking while evading Lineker’s looping punches.
Dillashaw brought the fight to the ground again the second round but this time was able to do a lot more damage with his ground and pound. As he transitioned between half-guard, side-control, and full mount, he landed heavy punches, elbows, and hammerfists to Lineker’s head, who unsuccessfully attempted to strike from the bottom.
In the third, Dillashaw again dominated both the striking and grappling departments. He picked apart Lineker from the outside with his evasive striking and mixed in double-leg takedowns where he landed more ground and pound. Towards the end of the round, he even attempted a calf-slicer but was unsuccessful and the two ended the bout exchanging striking combos.
After being awarded the unanimous decision victory, Dillashaw was fired up about getting the next shot at the bantamweight title.
“I want my belt back! Dominick Cruz is a b-tch,” said the former champion in his post-fight interview. “He’s running. I fought two number two contenders and he’s fighting six’s and eight’s.”