The UFC is in Sioux Falls, Dakota tonight for UFC Fight Night 91, the first show after the announced sale of the company.
#5-ranked Michael MacDonald (17-3-0) can be a strong voice in the title shot conversation with a win over #8 John Lineker (27-7-0).
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his picks on the main card:
In case you missed the weigh-ins:
TSN 2 MAIN CARD (9PM ET/6PM PT)
#12 LOUIS SMOLKA (10-1-0) VS BEN NGUYEN (14-5-0)
Andrews: Great matchup. Both guys had impressive performances in their last fights. Nguyen is the more active fighter and I think his crisp striking and ground game will have Smolka on the defensive, allowing him to pile up some points.
Andrews Prediction: Ben Nguyen via unanimous decision.
KYLE NOKE (22-8-1) VS KEITA NAKAMURA (31-7-2, 1NC)
Andrews: Both guys are coming off decision losses. Noke will want to keep the fight standing as Nakamura likes to work for the submission. This one might not be a barnburner, but Noke should get the decision at the end.
Andrews Prediction: Kyle Noke via unanimous decision.
ALEXEY OLEINIK (50-9-1) VS DANIEL OMIELANCZUK (18-5-1)
Andrews: Oleinik was a pro when Omielanczuk was fifteen years-old. Both guys like submissions, but its hard to ignore Oleynik’s KO of grinder Jared Rosholt. The old man gets it done.
Andrews Prediction: Alexey Oleinik via submission
TIM BOESTCH (18-10-0) VS JOSH SAMMAN (12-3-0)
Andrews: Boestch needs a win badly. He’s been finished in his last three fights, but if he can’t land the big shot, Samman will wear him out on the feet with that 5-inch reach advantage. I think Samman gets another finish.
Andrews Prediction: Josh Samman via TKO
TONY FERGUSON (20-3-0) VS LANDON VANNATA (8-0-0)
Andrews: Vanuatu is replacing the injured Michael Chiesa on short notice and making his octagon debut. Ferguson wins. That is all.
Andrews: Tony Ferguson via TKO
MICHAEL MCDONALD (17-3-0) VS JOHN LINEKER (27-7-0)
Andrews: McDonald should be able to keep his distance better than Rob Font did. He’s got to use crisp striking and make Lineker work. If Lineker lands those heavy shots and gets inside like Mike Tyson, it could be mayday, but McDonald has the skills to take home the decision.
Andrews Prediction: Michael McDonald via unanimous decision