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UFC 207 results: T.J. Dillashaw impresses in win over John Lineker

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If just one more judges’ card had gone his way back when he fought Dominick Cruz in Boston, T.J. Dillashaw would be on a three-year unbeaten run.

Instead, the former UFC bantamweight champion is left to remind the mixed martial arts world just how better he is than the rest of the pack as he angles for another shot at the title.

Dillashaw put in a tremendous performance on Saturday night at UFC 207, as he dominated John Lineker for 15 minutes. Dillashaw earned scores of 30-26 across the board at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

After the fight, Dillashaw called out Cruz, just before Cruz was set to defend his belt against Cody Garbrandt.

“I want my belt, that’s my belt, Dominick Cruz is a b*tch, he’s running from me. He’s running from me, I’m fighting number one contenders. ... “If I don’t get my title shot, I know this s*it is rigged.”

The Elevation competitor set the tone early by landing kicks which neutralized Lineker’s preferred forward-charing style. It didn’t take him long to get Lineker to the mat, and he worked him over there as well.

The second round was even more impressive, and likely the one which earned him 10-8 scores. Dillashaw landed 102 strikes in the round.

“I knew he was tough, but that was ridiculous,” Dillashaw said. “My elbow is hurting from landing so much.

Lineker had his only real moment of the fight in the third, as he landed nice body shots in the closing minute. But it was way too little, too late.

Dillashaw (14-3) won for the second time since losing the title to Cruz, while Lineker (29-8) had a four-fight win streak snapped and lost for the first time since he went up to 135 pounds.