MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Lineker set for UFC 207

480 T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Lineker in the works for UFC 207 According to ESPN, a bantamweight matchup between former UFC champion T.J. Dillashaw and John Lineker is set for UFC 207. Dillashaw (13-3) lost his title to Dominick Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81 but rebounded against Raphael Assuncao earning a unanimous decision at UFC 200. Lineker (29-7) has gone 4-0 since moving up to bantamweight last year, earning wins over Francisco Rivera, Rob Font, Michael McDonald and most recently John Dodson at UFC Fight Night 96. UFC 207 takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s an updated look at the card. Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Ronda Rousey – women’s bantamweight title Dominick Cruz (c) vs. Cody Garbrandt – bantamweight title Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Lineker Alex Garcia vs. Mike Pyle Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira Matt Brown vs. Tarec Saffiedine Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori Sabah Homasi vs. Brandon Thatch   Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo rematch rounds out Bellator 167 main card Bellator officials annouced Wednesday that a bantamweight rematch pitting Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo has been added to Bellator 167. Caldwell (9-1) was submitted by Taimanglo at Bellator 159 just nine-seconds into the third round. The 28-year old was a 14 to 1 favorite heading into the matchup and suffered the first loss of his career. Taimanglo (23-6-1 ) earned his fourth win in a row with that victory but missed weight heading into the matchup. Bellator 167 takes place Dec. 3 at at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. Here’s an updated look at the card. Main Card Derek Campos vs. Patricky Freire Emily Ducote vs. Ilima MacFarlane Andre Fialho vs. Chidi Njokuani Justin Lawrence vs. John Teixeira Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo Prelims Brandon Lee vs. Jarod Trice Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Dakota Cochrane Jonathan Gary vs. Aaron Roberson Stephen Banaszak vs. Brandon Phillips Codale Ford vs. Justin Peterson   Knockout Promotions President / Matchmaker Matt Frendo previews Friday’s KOP 51 card

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