The first event for the UFC since its history sale on Monday for $4 billion will happen on an oddball day of the week: Wednesday night. A flyweight battle between Michael McDonald and John Linker will anchor the event, which goes down inside the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Lineker, who has been red hot for the past few years, has won four in a row and eight of his last nine bouts. The former Jungle Fight veteran has looked terrific as of late in his quest to eventually fight for the promotion’s title. At the official weigh-in on Tuesday, the Brazilian came in right on the money; Lineker clocked in at 136 pounds.
McDonald, meanwhile, has gone just .500 in his last four outings, but two of those losses came at the hands of former world champions Urijah Faber and Renan Barao. “Mayday” was equally on point at the scales as well. McDonald came in at 135 pounds, giving the main event the green light.
The co-featured bout of the evening will see Tony Ferguson taking on Landon Vannata in a critical featherweight encounter. While Ferguson has been one of the best fighters in recent history, having won seven in a row, Vannata has never lost in the pro ranks. The RFA veteran tipped the scale at 155 pounds while Ferguson came in officially at 155.5.
UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Linker have its first two bouts streamed live on UFC Fight Pass starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. From there, the action will pick up on Fox Sports 1 starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT until the event concludes.
UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker Weigh-ins:Michael McDonald (135) vs. John Lineker (136)
Tony Ferguson (155) vs. Landon Vannata (155.5)
Tim Boetsch (186) vs. Josh Samman (186)
Alexey Oleinik (243.5) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (238)
Kyle Noke (170.5) vs. Keita Nakamura (171)
Louis Smolka (125.5) vs. Ben Nguyen (125)
Katlyn Chookagian (135) vs. Lauren Murphy (135.5)
Sam Alvey (185.5) vs. Eric Spicely (185)
Cortney Casey (116) vs. Cristina Stanciu (114)
Scott Holtzman (155.5) vs. Cody Pfister (156)
Rani Yahya (135) vs. Matthew Lopez (136)
Devin Clark (185) vs. Alex Nicholson (184)