Since a April 47 second TKO of Manny Gamburyan, TUF 14 winner John “The Magician” Dodson(18-7) has been begging to get back in the octagon. Wait has been worth it as Dodson now finds himself in the main event of UFC Fight Night 96 against Brazilian John “Hands of Stone” Lineker (28-7).
Dodson is a JacksonWink fighter, who after 2 shots at the Flyweight title has returned to Bantamweight, where me won TUF at. Dodson has won 9 of his last 11 fights and has 9 of 11 stoppage wins by knock out. Dodson is a ultra athletic fighter with a deadly one of a kind striking attack that blends his amazing speed and power.
Lineker is on a 5 fight win streak and has officially been a Bantamweight in the last 3, after having many issues making Flyweight, and having been forced to move up a weight-class. Lineker will be competing in his 2nd straight UFC Fight Night main event, coming off scoring his 13th career knock out a less then 3 minute destruction of Michael McDonald. Lineker is a heavy handed, iron-chinned, fearless brawler, who displays reckless aggression.
UFC Fight Night 96 is October 1st, at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.