According to multiple reports, a fight is being made between #1 bantamweight contender T.J. Dillashaw and #2 contender John Linker. The bout will take place at the return of Ronda Rousey, UFC 207 on December 30, 2016, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Brazil’s Lineker is 4-0 since moving up from flyweight last year after he failed to make weight vs. Ian McCall. Lineker won a fight of the night and a performance of the night during his latest run, but did once again fail to make weight in his last fight, a split decision over John Dodson on October 1.
The UFC 207 co-main is bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz vs. the #6 contender Cody Garbrandt, who is undefeated at 10-0.
Dillashaw lost his belt to Cruz in January via split decision and then bounced back with a decision win over Raphael Assuncao in July. He had been bitter that he did not get the title shot, calling the Cruz vs. Garbrandt fight a “mockery of the sport.”
“This sport should be about the best guys on the planet [fighting each other]. What’s the point in having rankings?”
“I blame Dominick Cruz and the UFC for letting this happen.”
“I think it also comes down to the obliviousness of our fans. They see Cody Garbrandt knock out #Mizugaki and think he’s the almighty.”
However, the winner of Dillashaw vs. Lineker will in all likelihood get a shot at the winner of Cruz vs. Garbrandt.