A bantamweight confrontation between Mike Easton
Dillashaw is now on tap for
UFC on FoX 5, promotion officials announced Saturday.
Verbal agreements are in place for the bout, which takes place Dec.
8 at Seattle’s Key Arena. Headlined by a lightweight title
collision pitting champion Benson
Henderson against challenger Nate Diaz, the
evening’s main draw airs live on the Fox network.
Easton, 28, rides an eight-fight winning streak heading into his
showdown with Dillashaw. “The Hulk” joined the UFC’s bantamweight
ranks last year, stopping Byron
Bloodworth in his debut before taking a majority decision from
Papazian to kick off 2012. Most recently, Easton earned a
unanimous verdict over Ivan
Menjivar at UFC 148 on July 7.
Dillashaw introduced himself to UFC fans last year as a cast member
of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14, advancing to the season finale
before suffering a technical knockout defeat to John Dodson
in the bantamweight finals. The 26-year-old responded by posting a
pair of victories in his last two outings, battering Walel
Watson in February before submitting Vaughan Lee
on July 11 at UFC on Fuel TV 4.