It’s the fourth UFC show in seven days and incontestably, the least important of them all. Still, the main event features an important bantamweight clash plus important women’s fights on the prelim card.
What: UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker
Where: Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
When: Wednesday, UFC Fight Pass has two fights starting at 6 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1 has four prelims starting at 7 p.m. ET with the main card at 9 p.m. ET.
Michael McDonald vs. John Lineker
McDonald poses an interesting test for Lineker because they share similar abilities. Both have good wrestling and scrambling and both are very heavy hitters. They possess different striking styles and use their power somewhat differently, but there is overlap. The difference for me is Lineker’s ability to take a shot. It’s not that McDonald has a bad chin. Far from it, actually. He’s quite durable. It’s that of the two, Lineker’s ability to absorb damage is better, which is remarkable when one considers McDonald’s composure under fire. The wrestling between the two will largely be negated, which means this will come down to striking. And if that’s the case, it’s just hard to see McDonald putting his lights out first.
Tony Ferguson vs. Landon Vannata
MMA is crazy and crazy things happen with a relative degree of regularity. That will have to take place here for Vannata to win. It’s a simple as that.
Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
This is a pick I really struggled with. Here’s how I suspect this fight will go. Either Boetsch will not attempt enough takedowns or will get caught somewhere along the way and Samman’s explosive striking or opportunistic chance-taking will allow him some kind of favorable position. From there, he’ll bomb on Boetsch or submit en route to ….View full article
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