UFC Fight Night 96: John Lineker vs. John Dodson

UFC returns to Portland, Oregon on October 1, 2016 at Moda Center.

In the main event, John Lineker and former two-time UFC Flyweight Championship challenger and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller winner John Dodson will go against each other for the bantamweight bout.

This is going to be the second fight of former Bellator Lightweight Champion Will Brooks in the octagon after his successful debut over Ross Pearson. He will face Alex Oliveira next.

On September 9, Brian Ortega and Bobby Green were expected to face Hacran Dias and Joshua Burkman respectively, but pulled out from their bouts. Ortega was replaced by Andre Fili, while Green was replaced by promotional newcomer Zak Ottow.

On September 22, Sergio Pettis was scheduled to face Louis Smolka, but pulled out also of the fight due to a minor injury. Smolka is now expected to face Brandon Moreno.

At the weigh-ins, all 24 fighters stepped on the scale Friday. Lineker was .5 lbs. over the bantamweight limit, Oliveira was 5.5 lbs. over the lightweight limit and Dias was 2.5 pounds over the featherweight limit. The three will forfeit 20% of purse which will go to their opponents.

The offical fight card:

Bantamweight: John Lineker vs. John Dodson

Lightweight: Will Brooks vs. Alex Oliveira

Welterweight: Josh Burkman vs. Zak Ottow

Flyweight: Louis Smolka vs. Brandon Morena

Light heavyweight: Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Joachim Christensen

Featherweight: Hacran Dias vs. Andre Fili

Heavyweight: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Walt Harris

Welterweight: Keita Nakamura vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Middleweight: Nate Marquardt vs. Tamdan McCrory

Heavyweight: Jonathan Wilson vs. Ion Cutelaba

Heavyweight: Cody East vs. Curtis Blaydes

Women’s Bantamweight: Kelly Faszholz vs. Ketlen Viera