John Lineker used his explosive strikes to walk away with a TKO win over #5-ranked Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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Kenai Andrews checks in with his picks on the main card:
Tony Ferguson and Lando Vannata earned Fight-of-the-Night while Louis Smolka and John Lineker earned performances-of-the-night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
In case you missed the prelims:
ALEX NICHOLSON DEF DEVIN CLARK VIA KO R1 4:57
RANI YAHYA DEF MATTHEW LOPEZ VIA SUBMISSION R3 4:19
SCOTT HOLZMANN DEF CODY PFISTER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
CORTNEY CASEY DEF CRISTINA STANCIU VIA TKO R1 2:36
SAM ALVEY DEF ERIC SPICELY VIA SUBMISSION R1 2:43
KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN DEF LAUREN MURPHY VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
TSN 2 MAIN CARD
#12 LOUIS SMOLKA VS BEN NGUYEN
WINNER: LOUIS SMOLKA VIA TKO R2 4:41
ANDREWS PREDICTION: BEN NGUYEN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Fantastic fight. Nguyen started off fast, But Smolka started to cook and outlasted Ben in a never-ending of near finishes, mounts, guillotines and rear-naked chokes. Nguyen was taking too much punishment at the end. This better be Fight-of-the-Night.
KYLE NOKE VS KEITA NAKAMURA
WINNER: KEITA NAKAMURA VIA SUBMISSION R2 4:59
ANDREWS PREDICTION: KYL E NOKE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Noke got caught with a nice knee and a alert Nakamura quickly pounced, slapping in the RNC seconds before the end of the round. Excellent performance from Nakamura.
ALEXEY OLEINIK VS DANIEL OMIELANCZUK
WINNER: DANIEL OMIELANCZUK VIA MAJORITY DECISION (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXEY OLEINIK VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Daniel overcame the ground game of Oleynik and outstruck him on the feet. It might be time to Oleynik to hang ’em up. His cardio was there, but just barely. Way to go, Omielancuk.
TIM BOESTCH VS JOSH SAMMAN
WINNER: TIM BOESTCH VIA TKO R2 3:49
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOSH SAMMAN VIA TKO
Andrews: I have to agree with Kenny Florian when he said Samman’s inexperience cost him. He didn’t use his strengths and fought Boestch’s fight, which he took full advantage of. Good win for The Barbarian.
TONY FERGUSON VS LANDON VANNATA
WINNER:TONY FERGUSON VIA SUBMISSION R2 2:22
ANDREWS PREDICTION: TONY FERGUSON VIA TKO
Andrews: What a performance by Lando, almost finishing Ferguson! But Tony survived and then came back in Round 2, and got his favourite choke. Excellent win.
MICHAEL MCDONALD VS JOHN LINEKER
WINNER: JOHN LINEKER VIA TKO R1 2:43
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHAEL MCDONALD VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: McDonald could not escape on the inside and got caught by a monstrous Lineker left hook. Great win for Lineker!