This is the UFC 207 live blog for TJ Dillashaw vs. John Lineker, a bantamweight bout at Friday night's UFC event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Dillashaw, who has won four of his past five fights, will face Lineker, who has won six straight fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC 207 live blog below.
Round 1: First big bantamweight fight is up. Referee for this one is Herb Dean. They touch gloves. Dillashaw with the odd movement and decoy arm stuff right off, and Lineker slips under a head kick and tries a takedown. Can't get it. Leg kick from Dillashaw is caught, and Lineker spins Dillashaw down. He's back up, Dillashaw another head kick and it was caught, and Lineker takes him down again...upkick lands from Dillashaw, might have been illegal, but action continues. They are up. Uppercut there from Dillashaw, misses, but wow — that had menace to it. Dillashaw ducks down and just shoots right through Lineker. Now he has the Brazilian on his back, and he's trying to advance from half-guard. Lineker is shoving Dillashaw's chin towards the ceiling, but Dillashaw is right on him. Now in Lineker's full guard. He postures up and hammerfists, as Lineker looks for a an opening to stand up. Can't. More hammerfists, and and Lineker able to scramble up. Front kick from Lineker is errant. Dillashaw again with a high kick, and Lineker sniffs that out and counters with a left. Inside body shots from Lineker. Solid. Yet Dillashaw landing kicks to the body as well. High kick from Dillashaw waves by, and Lineker connects with a big one — so does Dillashaw. Great exchange. And they both rouse the crowd with their arms up. That was a fun round. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Dillashaw, 10-9.
Round 2: Lineker's corner wants him to catch Dillashaw when he comes in. We'll see if he can. They touch gloves again, and Dillashaw dancing. He wastes no time in taking Lineker down, and wow, for a moment had Lineker's back. Can't get it, perhaps overzealous. They are back up. Big overhand right from Lineker and it doesn't come close, yet he smokes a nice right hook into Dillashaw's rib cage. Again, after an exchange, Dillashaw times out a takedown after a beautiful feint. Now he's tucking some right hands into Lineker's temple. Lineker keeping him in half-guard, but Dillashaw working. Dillashaw with hands to the face of Lineker, and he's trying to posture up. They are chirping at each other. Dillashaw now upright on his knees, and landing hammerfists. There's a series of left hands that change Lineker's general attitude about fishing for a leg. Dillashaw just hammerfisting the hell out of out Lineker. Upkick lands from Lineker, but Dillashaw just eats it and keeps going. Lots of punches from Dillashaw. He's really frustrating Lineker, and now smashes home some elbows. Damn. This could be a 10-8. Lineker just getting through the round there at the end. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Dillashaw, 10-8 (20-17 overall)
Round 3: One more time, they touch gloves. Big front kick to the chest from Dillashaw, that glanced Lineker. Dillashaw holds up his left arm like a decoy, and then pulls back. Just such great footwork from Dillashaw, who has been superior in so many ways this fight. Now he takes Lineker down again, so fluidly. Lineker back up. Lineker has a welt on his head near the hairline. Dillashaw responds to Lineker's invitation to bring it. He lands a shot, and now scores another beautifully timed take down. Dllashaw's speed is too much for Lineker. What a showing. He's in Lineker's half-guard, and in the scramble gets his back. Lineker — after eating more hammerfists — gets back up. And Dillashaw is on him. He just drags him weight down on him, and they are back on the canvas. Hammerfists. Now Dillashaw looking for a calf slicer, and he's showing the exertion on his face. Lineker scrambles, and they are back up. Vegas appreciated that one. Lineker stalking forward, and he times out a nice right hand as Dillashaw came in. What a series of body shots there from Lineker still throwing heat! He lands a nice punch on a flying knee attempt from Dillashaw. Crazy sequence, but too little too late. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Dillashaw, 10-9 (30-26 overall)
UFC 207 official results: TJ Dillashaw def. John Lineker via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)