Twitter Reacts To Lineker Vs. Dodson Barnburner

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UFC Portland popped off from the Moda Center in Oregon’s largest city tonight (October 1, 2016). The main event pit former flyweight knockout artists who have since climbed the scale up to bantamweight, John Dodson and John Lineker. The Brazilian, who had well-documented troubles making the 125-pound limit at flyweight, did not leave his troubles with the scale behind. Lineker once again failed to make weight.

The two diminutive punchers went at it for the full five rounds, bashing each other with hard shots all the while. The crowd became restless with Dodson’s movement and reluctance to engage at times, but he remained effective with his offense nonetheless. ‘The Magician’ was particularly effective with his kicks, catching ‘Hands of Stone’ flush to head more than once. But Lineker continued to press forward and land thudding punches to the head and body. The Brazilian escaped with a split decision victory, but many fans were split on who they thought the victor was.

The co-headliner saw former Bellator champion ‘Ill’ Will Brooks in his sophomore UFC effort take on Alex Oliveira. The Brazilian ‘Cowboy’ also had serious trouble finishing his weight cut, actually coming in 5.5 pounds above the non-title lightweight limit of 156.

The size difference was evident from the get-go, and Oliveira made it work to his advantage. He had success in the clinch with his size and strength advantages and hurt Brooks’ rib with a knee. The injury worsened as the fight wore on, and by the third round, Brooks was grimacing in every position. ‘Cowboy’ pounded out the obviously compromised Brooks, and then taunted him by doing a crotch chop and a chin flip. An incensed Brooks staggered to his feet to pursue Oliveira and threw his mouthpiece at him when referee Herb Dean held him back. Brooks then collapsed back to the canvas in agony, the momentum he carried over from Bellator at an abrupt end.

The main card kicked off with The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 contestant Brandon Moreno taking on the biggest favorite on the card, Louis Smolka. ”Assassin Baby’ snatched a first-round high-elbow guillotine choke for the biggest win of his career. Moreno was making a short-notice debut for the injured Sergio Pettis. After losing his fight on the show, Moreno no longer has to worry about sticking around the big show.

Check out MMA Twitter’s reaction to these exciting scraps below:

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