Ain’t no violence like compact violence! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight knockout artists John Lineker and John Dodson will slug it out this Saturday evening (Oct. 1, 2016) at Moda Center in Portland, Ore., headlining UFC Fight Night 96 on FOX Sports 1.
In the co-featured fight of the night, former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion "Ill" Will Brooks will take on Brazilian slugger Alex Oliveira, while Josh Burkman welcomes Zak Ottow to the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
It’s a quality line up for a Saturday evening, so let’s see what kind of fiscal mistakes I can convince you lot to make:
UFC Fight Night 96 Odds For The Undercard:
Luis Henrique da Silva (-150) vs. Joachim Christensen (+130)
Hacran Dias (-185) vs. Andre Fili (+160)
Shamil Abdurakhimov (-120) vs. Walt Harris (EVEN)
Keita Nakamura (-160) vs. Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos (+140)
Tamdan McCrory (-245) vs. Nate Marquardt (+185)
Ion Cutelaba (-160) vs. Jonathan Wilson (+130)
Curtis Blaydes (-225) vs. Cody East (+175)
Ketlen Vieira (-120) vs. Kelly Faszholz (-110)
Thoughts: Casting a wide net didn’t work all that well last week. It’ll work better this week ... I promise.
Joachim Christensen is worth a small investment by my reckoning. He’s got a very solid resume on the European scene and, unlike Henrique, has actually gone three rounds on multiple occasions. Further, he can take a punch and is capable in all areas of the game.
He’s a solid upset pick, methinks.
Andre Fili’s not getting near enough credit from the bookies. He’s got a considerable edge in the striking and his wrestling defense ought to be more than enough to shut down Dias’ wrestle-heavy attack. I fully expect Dias’ lack of finishing ability to bite him in the rear; therefore, be sure to be in position to benefit.
Kelly Faszholz deserves a look, too. Vieira is unproven and extremely raw in the stand up department, while Faszholz acquitted herself well against a very capable Bantamweight in Lauren Murphy. UFC newcomers do regularly surprise me, though, so don’t go too nuts.
UFC Fight Night 96 Odds For The Main Card:
John Dodson (-125) vs. John Lineker (+105)
Will Brooks (-260) vs. Alex Oliveira (+220)
Josh Burkman (-230) vs. Zak Ottow (+190)
Louis Smolka (-400) vs. Brandon Moreno (+325)
Thoughts: John Lineker is going to knockout John Dodson. Here’s how.
Dodson’s speed could best be described as "blinding," and I mean that in multiple senses. The fact is, he relies on it to hide his limited technical repertoire. He doesn’t have much nuance when closing the distance and doesn’t have any semblance of a jab. Just watch his fight with Zach Makovsky, who repeatedly caught him coming in with counters.
Lineker’s game is much, much more effective than the clips of him slinging hands with Francisco Rivera would suggest. In fact, it’s perfectly suited to defusing opponents who rely on rapid bursts; I can’t imagine Dodson moving anywhere near as well after a round or two of Lineker driving right hands repeatedly into his guts.
Once that explosion’s gone, it’s all Lineker. Go big on "Hands of Stone."
UFC Fight Night 96 Best Bets:
- Single bet -- Joachim Christensen: Bet $20 to make $26
- Single bet -- Andre Fili: Bet $40 to make $64
- Single bet -- Kelly Faszholz: Bet $33 to make $30
- Single bet -- John Lineker: Bet $100 to make $105
UFC Fight Night 96's main event between Lineker vs. Dodson is guaranteed fireworks. Don’t miss it, Maniacs!
Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC Fight Night 96 results on fight night, which is as good a place as any to talk about all the action inside the Octagon, as well as what you've got riding on the sportsbook.