ByDanny Segura, writer at
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John Lineker's return to the bantamweight division in the UFC was pure fireworks.

The former UFC flyweight returned to the 135-pound weight class to face the veteran, Francisco Rivera. From the begging of the first round until the referee waived the fight off, it was non-stop action. Both Rivera and Lineker engaged in a wild exchange, swinging heavy shots at each other, which resulted with Lineker rocking Rivera, and then following up with a guillotine choke to end the fight. That fight took Fight of the Night awards.

Now, Lineker is no newbie to the bantamweight division, as he's on a three-fight win streak and ranked No. 3 in the division.

'Hands of Stone' has been scheduled to take on former flyweight-turned-bantamweight, John Dodson in a pivotal bout in the main event of UFC Fight Night 96. This card will be held on Oct. 1 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

The rest of the UFC Fight Night 91 card goes as follows:

Main Card (FOX Sports 1)

  • John Lineker vs. John Dodson
  • Will Brooks vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Josh Burkman vs. Zak Ottow
  • Louis Smolka vs. Brandon Moreno

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 2)

  • Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Joachim Christensen
  • Hacran Dias vs. Andre Fili
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Walt Harris
  • Keita Nakamura vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

  • Nate Marquardt vs. Tamdan McCrory
  • Jonathan Wilson vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • Cody East vs. Curtis Blaydes
  • Kelly Faszholz vs. Ketlen Vieira


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