Lineker vs Dodson to Determine Title Contender
September 27, 2016 in Sports News
UFC Fight Night ’96 Preview
This Saturday the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, will host UFC Fight Night ’96 where bantamweights John Lieneker (28-7) and John Dodson (18-7) will square off in the main event of the night.
The five-round fight will feature two former flyweights with knockout power. Lieneker, a former Jungle Fight champion, has won his last three fights, including a brutal KO against former title contender Michael McDonald. At UFC 198, On May of this year, the Brazilian defeated Rob Font by unanimous decision; and back in September of last year, at UFC 191, he defeated Francisco Rivera using a guillotine choke.
As for Dodson, he had a powerful showing in his last fight when he obliterated Manny Gamburyan in 37 seconds. Before that, Dodson saw a three fight winning streak end when he lost by unanimous decision against Demetrius Johnson at UFC 191. The American hopes to win this fight to get a fight against titleholder Dominick Cruz.
Another fight featured on the main draw of the night is Bellator’s former champion Will Brooks (18-1) facing Alex Oliveira (14-4-1). Brooks, who has has won nine straight fights, is the favorite with the line at -265. His last defeat came back in 2013 when he lost against Saad Awad at Bellator 91. Oliveira has won four of his last five fights but he lost via a triangle chocke to Donald Cerrlone in February. His line for this fight is at +205.
The rest of the main draw fights are Joshua Burkman (-235) against Zak Ottow (+285) and a flyweight combat between Louis Smolka (-405) and Brandon Moreno (+305).