A bantamweight bout will headline UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland as former flyweight contenders John Lineker and John Dodson have been matched for the main event.
FOX Sports announced the bout.
UFC Fight Night 96 will be held on October 1, 2016, at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The event will be the second that the organisation hosted in Portland, with the first being UFC 102 in August 2009.
Since moving to 135lbs, Lineker has amassed a record of 3-0 with a submission win over Francisco Rivera, a unanimous decision win over Rob Font and most recently a ‘Performance of the Night’ KO win over Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 91.
Dodson moved to 135lbs following two title fight losses to current champion Demetrious Johnson. In his first fight at bantamweight, Dodson finished Manny Gamburyan with a stunning 37-second knockout back in April.
With this announcement, UFC Fight Night 96 now looks like this:
John Lineker vs. John Dodson
Louis Smolka vs. Sergio Pettis
Walt Harris vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
Tamdan McCrory vs. Nate Marquardt
Will Brooks vs. Alex Oliveira
Joshua Burkman vs. Bobby Green
Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Joachim Christensen
Kelly Faszholz vs. Ketlen Vieira
Hacran Dias vs. Brian Ortega
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Keita Nakamura