ATLANTA - Sacramento's T.J. Dillashaw dominated for three straight rounds to defeat Mike Easton by a three round unanimous decisionat UFC Fight Night inAtlanta Wednesday night.

"I came in respecting the guy, he (Easton) is tough, he is top 10 for a reason. I knew he was going to be tough, but I was just the better athlete tonight," said Dillashaw during the UFC broadcast.

Dillashaw(9-2)cruised to avictory using superiorfootwork and solid wrestling tohandEaston (13-4)histhird straight loss in the UFC. To Easton's credit, he showed serious toughness while absorbing several shots from Dillashaw including a left kick that landed on the side of his head.

"He is a durable guy," said Dillashaw."I knew it would be a 15 minute fight. I came in prepared for it to go all the way."

Dillashawwas coming off a tough loss to Raphael Assuncao in October of 2012 after winning four straight fights.Wednesday's victory should give the 6th rankedUFCBantamweight a shot at another top contender

"I'm looking to get that number one contender spot, whoever is in the way I'm there and I want that shot," Dillashaw said. "But Urijah (Faber) is going to take it soon, so we will see what happens."

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Dillashaw trains with Urijah Faber's Team Alpha Male in Sacramento. Faber is scheduled to fight for the UFC Banatamweight Title against Renan Barao on Feburary 1st.