UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LINEKER vs. DODSON PREVIEW

The main event featuring Lineker vs Dodson is very appealing for MMA fans.
The main event featuring Lineker vs Dodson is very appealing for MMA fans.

By Kyler Kuehler

UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson will air on October 1, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

#3 JOHN “HANDS OF STONE” LINEKER (28-7-0) vs. #10 JOHN “THE MAGICIAN” DODSON (19-7-0)
This is a five round main event in the bantamweight division. Lineker brings boxing and jiu-jitsu which have lead him to 13 victories by knockout. Dodson brings boxing, kickboxing, gaidojutsu and wrestling that has lead him to being the season fourteen Ultimate Fighter winner as well as nine victories by knockout. With both these fighters containing a similar style of techniques this fight looks to be a five round war waiting to go down, but all in all Lineker looks to take this fight in the bag with his impressive striking and ground game that I do not think Dodson will be able to handle after he looked to be struggling in his last title fight against Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson and with this being a much tougher fight in the bantamweight division than his last fight I am not sure how well he will matchup to a top dog like Lineker. Though Dodson has speed that he could use to try and matchup to Lineker’s techniques and if he could keep pressure on Lineker with his speed then he just might be able to wear down Lineker enough to catch a finish. However Lineker has had more experience in the sport than Dodson and by having more experience could be a major advantage for him since he knows more about what it takes to compete and win than Dodson. My prediction: Lineker wins via knockout in Round 3.

#9 LOUIS “DA LAST SAMURAI” SMOLKA (11-1-0) vs. BRANDON “THE ASSASSIN BABY” MORENO (11-3-0)
This is a three round fight in the flyweight division. Smolka brings kempo karate and judo making him well-rounded in both standing and ground game. Moreno brings kickboxing, taekwondo and jiu-jitsu making him efficient in striking power as well as grappling techniques. Since both fighters bring a great combination of both feet and ground game the fight looks like it might be even, but when it comes down to who has the better techniques I believe Smolka has the advantage all for the fact that he seems to show much better control of his fights than Moreno does. Unless Moreno could somehow find an early finish I really do not see him having as great of a chance in this fight as some many think he does as he has good cardio, but I don’t think he has enough to match up to Smolka and that is where his weaknesses might be exposed in this fight, which Smolka will surely take great advantage of. My prediction: Smolka wins via unanimous decision.

KELLY FASZHOLZ (3-1-0) vs. KETLEN “FENOMENO” VIEIRA (6-0-0)
This is a three round fight in the women’s bantamweight division. Faszholz brings striking and jiu-jitsu that have started her career off to a semi okay record. Vieira brings striking and jiu-jitsu giving her a perfect record in her early career. Since both these female athletes are relatively new to the sport it is hard to chose a favorite, but when looking closer at the statistics I believe that Vieira has the greater advantage all from having better striking as well as grappling and maybe a little more speed that has helped her remain undefeated in her early career and looks to continue that streak inside the Octagon of the UFC. Faszholz really doesn’t seem to be up to Vieira’s level in the sport that just might cause her record to plummet even more. Unless somehow she managed to show great combination of striking and grappling to catch Vieira off guard I really see this fight being more of a one-sided beating than an actual fight. My prediction: Vieira wins via submission in Round 1.