The Moda Center in Portland, Ore., is the site of the next Ultimate Fighting Championship event on Saturday and it expects to be a good one. Heading up the fistic festivities will be a bantamweight showdown between John Lineker and John Dodson.
Linker has been on a tear recently, having won five straight bouts -- three via stoppage -- since losing to Ali Bagautinov at UFC 169. The Brazilian torched Michael McDonald in the first of the main event of UFC Fight Night 91 back in July and he hopes to do the same to Dodson when they lock horns. At Friday’s weigh-ins, Lineker was up to his old tricks as he failed to make weight for the fifth time in his UFC career as he came in at 136.5, half a pound over the bantamweight limit.
Dodson, a former two-time UFC flyweight title challenger, had a solid return to bantamweight in his last outing. After losing for the second time to Demetrius Johnson, “The Magician” moved up a weight class and lit Manny Gamburyan up like a Christmas tree and knocked him out in just 37 seconds in April. Unlike Lineker, Dodson was on weight; he tipped the scale at 135 pounds.
UFC Fight Night 96 “Lineker vs. Dodson” will begin on UFC Fight Pass at 7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 pm. PT (live odds). From there, Fox Sports 1 will pick up the remained of the card starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
UFC Fight Night 96 Weigh-in Results:John Dodson (135) vs. John Lineker (*136.5)
Alex Oliveira (*161.5) vs. Will Brooks (156)
Joshua Burkman (170) vs. Zak Ottow (171)
Louis Smolka (126) vs. Brandon Moreno (126)
Joachim Christensen (205) vs. Luis Henrique da Silva (206)
Andre Fili (146) vs. Hacran Dias (*148.5)
Shamil Abdurakhimov (256) vs. Walt Harris (254)
Keita Nakamura (170.5) vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (171)
Nate Marquardt (186) vs. Tamdan McCrory (185)
Ion Cutelaba (206) vs. Jonathan Wilson (205)
Curtis Blaydes (265.5) vs. Cody East (261)
Kelly Faszholz (134.5) vs. Ketlen Vieira (136)
* Lineker missed weight by half a pound. Oliveira was off by 5.5 pounds. Dias failed by 2.5 pounds. Both will be fined 20 percent of their purse.