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John Dodson vs. John Lineker set in stone for UFC Fight Night 96 main event in Portland

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight title scene just got a little more interesting. UFC announced today (Sat., Aug. 13, 2016) that former Flyweight contenders John Dodson and John Lineker will headline UFC Fight Night 96 on Oct. 1 from Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. It is funny that the two will now meet at 135 pounds after all this time with championship aspirations on the line.

Dodson, 31, lost two title bids opposite current Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in 2013 and 2015, but has since defeated Manvel Gamburyan via first-round knockout in his Bantamweight debut. He will look to leapfrog a handful of perennial contenders by using his unparalleled speed and athleticism to debunk the heavy-handed Lineker.

Speaking of "Hands of Stone," defeating Dodson will give Lineker the last high-profile win he needs to challenge champion Dominick Cruz for divisional supremacy. Lineker, 26, just plastered Michael McDonald to the Octagon canvas at UFC Fight Night 91 with a vicious first-round knockout. He's been an absolute force since making his Bantamweight debut in 2015 and will look to overpower Dodson with monstrous combinations.

UFC Fight Night 96 will also feature the likes of Will Brooks, Brian Ortega, Sergio Pettis, Bobby Green and Nate Marquardt.

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