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UFC Fight Night 96 predictions: ‘Portland’ Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ undercard preview, Pt. 1

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More fights are coming to Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., Oct. 1, 2016) when UFC Fight Night 96: “Lineker vs. Dodson” storms Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC Fight Night 96 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series.


Two of the Bantamweight division’s most devastating punchers will battle it out this Saturday evening (Oct. 1, 2016) when John Lineker faces former Flyweight title challenger John Dodson in the main event of UFC Fight night 96, which will take place inside Moda Center in Portland, Ore., airing live and free on FOX Sports 1.

UFC Fight Night 96 will also see former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion Will Brooks square off against tough-as-nails Alex Oliveira and fan-favorite Flyweight Louis Smolka duke it out with recent The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) competitor Brandon Moreno.

We’ve got eight “Prelims” undercard matches attached to the four-fight FOX Sports 1-televised main card. Check out the Fight Pass line up below:

185 lbs.: Nate Marquardt vs. Tamdan McCrory

With five losses in his previous six fights, Nate Marquardt (34-16-2) appeared to breathe new life into his career with a stunning one-punch knockout of C.B. Dollaway. “The Great” couldn’t capitalize on the momentum, however, as he was blown out in the first round by Thiago Santos six months later.

The 37-year-old veteran has stopped his opponent in all but one of his wins since 2007.

After more than five years out of the sport, Tamdan McCrory (14-4) returned to the cage with two wins in a combined 1:27. He went on to submit Josh Samman upon re-signing with UFC, but suffered a surprise knockout loss to Krzysztof Jotko in June.

“Barn Cat” is four inches taller and eight years younger than Marquardt.

Even with the Jotko loss, I’m having a hard time ….View full article

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