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UFC's T.J. Dillashaw deftly handles drama, keeps belt
UFC's T.J. Dillashaw deftly handles drama, keeps belt

T.J. Dillashaw is seeking to make a final mark in the Ultimate Fighting Championship as something more than a belt-holder. Accepting his first title defense with one day’s notice and winning by technical knockout is a good start. Dillashaw, a former Cal State Fullerton wrestler, successfully defended his UFC bantamweight championship Saturday night with a fifth-round technical knockout of last-minute replacement fighter Joe Soto. “I knew Joe Soto was a tough performer. … I had practiced with him eight to 10 weeks ago. Tough wrestler, great grappler. I’ve seen a lot of his fights,” Dillashaw said late Saturday in his post-fight news conference. “To...

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