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TJ Dillashaw outclasses Mike Easton in dominant unanimous decision

FOX Sports Marc Raimondi
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The only surprise was that the fight went the distance.

T.J. Dillashaw turned in one of his very best performances in the Octagon, beating Mike Easton by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Wednesday at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou at The Area at Gwinnett Center. Easton was incredibly tough, but Dillashaw pound him for three straight rounds – standing up and on the ground.

Dillashaw (10-2) came in ranked No. 6 in the bantamweight division and Easton (13-4) was No. 7. But the two didn’t look that close inside the cage. Dillashaw was faster, more technical and more well-rounded, throwing in some wrestling along with sharp striking.

There’s little doubt that Dillashaw is now a top contender at 135, except his Team Alpha Male teammate Urijah Faber is getting the title shot next month at UFC 169 against Renan Barao.

“I want that shot, but Urijah is gonna take it soon,” Dillashaw said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Dillashaw showed himself to be the better fighter right off the bat in the first round. He crushed Easton with a left head kick and eventually ended up on top after a takedown. Easton landed a nice body kick and some combinations, but Dillashaw was the busier, more effective striker.

Dillashaw landed another head kick in the second round, rocking Easton. He completely dominated the entire five minutes, taking Easton down and roughing him up after Easton attempted two straight spinning back kicks. A cut on Easton’s eye also opened up in the second, courtesy of Dillashaw’s battering.

In his last fight, Dillashaw’s four-bout winning streak was snapped by Raphael Assuncao in a controversial split decision. Otherwise, the California native would have just won his sixth straight.

“I won that last fight,” Dillashaw said.

It’s been awhile since Easton could say that. He’s now lost three straight.

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