On Saturday night, former UFC flyweights John Lineker and John Dodson will battle it out to see who gets one step closer to bantamweight gold.
This fight is a marquee match up for the 135-pound division and it will unfold in the main event of UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland, Ore.
Lineker moved up to the 135-pound division a year ago and since has won three straight in impressive fashion. The Brazilian has quickly climbed up the rankings, and now sits at No. three in the division. Meanwhile, Dodson moved to bantamweight on April, defeating MMA veteran Manny Gamburyan via first-round technical knockout at UFC on FOX 19. With that victory, Dodson is now ranked No. 8 at bantamweight.
To breakdown this crucial bantamweight bout, MMA Fighting caught up with former UFC light heavyweight champion and FOX Sports 1 analyst Rashad Evans to talks about the action on Saturday night.
“This a very important fight for the bantamweight division,” Evans said. “The thing about the bantamweight division is that it’s still trying to find a top guy because for a long time it didn’t have the toughest guys, but now it’s starting to fill out with some of the toughest guys in the lighter weight-classes. So you got Dominick Cruz at the top, and now, it just keeps getting tougher and tougher, and Lineker is right up there, you know. And if little John [Dodson] can come in and put on a good show against a guy like Lineker, that says a lot.”
Evans believes both Lineker and Dodson are very similar fighters, and says this fight will be like a old western movie.
“It’s a big fight for little John [Dodson] at the 135-pound division to make a big impact, and he really has a tough order against ….View full article
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