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Lineker to Dillashaw: ‘I would take me down’

John Lineker, from Brazil, celebrates after defeating countryman Jose Maria, during their UFC 163 mixed martial arts Flyweight bout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

UFC 207 is set to feature not just a UFC bantamweight title fight, but also a bout that will likely produce the next title contender after, between John Lineker and former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.

Lineker has become known for his striking power, and arguably is the heaviest hitter in the whole division. So if he had to fight himself, he knows what he would do, and he has the same expectation going into the fight against Dillashaw.

“If I were to fight myself, I would take me down,” Lineker told Combate (English translation via Bloody Elbow). “I believe that’s what he’s going to do, but I hope he strikes against me. I’m ready for everything he has, even if he tries to take me down, but if he tries to strike, I’ll get another knockout. It’s going to be a tough fight because of his movement, I believe I can’t chase him around too much like I did with [John] Dodson. I’ll have to wait for him to come at me instead of going after him. I can’t rush it because he has good speed, combinations and wrestling.

“It’s hard to talk about holes in the game of guys at this level. He has some, but it’s hard to point them out, because he’s very well rounded and smart. I’ll try to do my thing, catch him with my counters in the short distance and mix body shots with head shots, avoiding his shots in the short distance.”

Lineker is coming off his most high profile win yet. At UFC Fight Night 92 he took on Dodson in a five-round battle. The decision was incredibly close and controversial as Lineker got the split decision.

Dillashaw last fought at UFC 200 where he took on former conqueror Raphael Assuncao. The rematch though saw Dillashaw win and much more decisively than the pair’s first fight in 2013.

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