UFC Fight Night 96 goes down in Portland, Oregon this weekend. The lighter weight divisions are in focus at the Moda Center on October 1, with bantamweight headliners John Lineker and John Dodson on show. ‘Hands of Stone’ and ‘The Magician’ have fierce reputations as dangerous strikers with granite chins, making this 135-pound burner one to watch. At lightweight we have the nine-fight win streaking Will Brroks fighting Alex Oliveira.
The tall Brazilian will hope to rain on the ex-Bellator champion’s parade, but with Brooks’ wrestling pedigree and heavy hands we could have a real feisty scrap on our hands. Josh Burkman will hope to bounce back from his recent loss to Paul Felder, taking on Zak Ottow also on the main card.
Louis Smolka was originally set to face Sergio Pettis to open the main card. When a ‘minor injury’ struck Pettis from the fight, Brandon Moreno stepped in on short notice to take on ‘Da Last Samurai’ at flyweight.
The most notable scraps from the prelims include Nate Marquardt vs. Tamdan McCrory, and Hacran Dias vs. Andre Fili. The early weigh-ins results will start flooding in at 9 AM PT, but the traditional show does not start until 4 PM PT.
At the early weigh-ins, Lineker missed weight by a half a pound, Oliveira missed by 5.5 pounds, and Diaz missed by 2.5 pounds. All three have forfeited 20 percent of their fight purses and will be ineligible to receive a post-fight bonus.
Main card (FS1 at 11 p.m. ET):
John Lineker (136.5*) vs. John Dodson (135)
Will Brooks (156) vs. Alex Oliveira (161.5*)
Josh Burkman (171) vs. Zak Ottow (171)
Louis Smolka (126) vs. Brandon Moreno (126)
Preliminary Card (FS2 at 9 p.m. ET):
Luis Henrique da Silva (206) vs. Joachim Christensen (205)
Hacran Dias (148.5*) vs. Andre Fili (146)
Shamil Abdurakhimov (256) vs. Walt Harris (254)
Keita Nakamura (170.5) vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (171)
Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET):
Nate Marquardt (186) vs. Tamdan McCrory (185)
Jonathan Wilson (205) vs. Ion Cutelaba (206)
Cody East (251) vs. Curtis Blaydes (265.5)
Kelly Faszholz (134.5) vs. Ketlen Viera (136)