UFC Portland: Lineker backs up Dodson to earn split-decision win
John Lineker earned a surprisingly one-sided split-decision win over John Dodson in the main event of UFC Portland.
Dodson back-pedalled often to avoid the power strikes of Lineker after tasting some strikes and leg kicks early in the first round. Lineker kept the pressure on Dodson, chasing him trying to cut him off near the cage to bang out a finish.
Dodson started to become more aggressive near the middle of the fourth round, but by then it was too little, too late.
The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, and 48-47.
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Brandon Moreno, Luis Henrique da Silva, Nate Marquardt, and Curtis Blaydes all earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
In case you missed the prelims.
KETIEN VIEIRA DEF KELLY FASZHOLZ VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
CURTIS BLAYDES DEF CODY EAST VIA TKO R2 2:02
ION CUTELABA DEF JONATHAN WILSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
NATE MARQUARDT DEF TAMDAN MCCRORY VIA KO R2 4:44
ELIZEU DOS SANTOS DEF KEITA NAKAMURA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (2-8, 29-2,8 29-28)
SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV DEF WALT HARRIS VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
ANDRE FILI DEF HACRAN DIAS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28 29-28, 29-28)
LUIS HENRIQUE DA SILVA DEF JOACHIM CHRISTENSEN VIA SUBMISSION R2 4:43
MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman checks in.
TSN 2 MAIN CARD
#9 LOUIS SMOLKA VS BRANDON MORENO
WINNER: BRANDON MORENO VIA SUBMISSION R1 2:23
WISEMAN PREDICTION: LOUIS SMOLKA VIA TKO
Wiseman: Moreno stepped in on a week’s notice to replace an injured Pettis. He was stepping in to fight #9 ranked Smolka and pulled off a first round submission. Wow! What a way to make an impression.
JOSHUA BURKEMAN VS ZAK OTTOW
WINNER: ZAK OTTOW VIA SPLIT-DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
WISEMAN PREDICTION: JOSH BURKEMAN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Wiseman: It had to do with the Ottow’s output. Burkman was more precise, but didn’t push the pace and didn’t throw enough. That’s what gave Ottow a slight edge for a split-decision win.
#11 WILL BROOKS VS ALEX OLIVIEIRA
WINNER: ALEX OLIVEIRA VIA TKO R3 3:30
WISEMAN PREDICTION: WILL BROOKS VIA SUBMISSION
Wiseman: Brooks couldn’t get things going. Oliveira was strong in the clinch and he landed damaging strikes inside the clinch while limiting Brooks output. A solid performance, but missing weight and his attitude after the fight overshadowed his performance. Rough!
#3 JOHN LINEKER VS #10 JOHN DODSON
WINNER: JOHN LINEKER VIA SPLIT-DECISION (47-48, 48-47-48-47)
WISEMAN PREDICTION: JOHN DODSON VIA TKO
Wiseman: I don’t know what to say about this fight because there was only one person fighting. Lineker chased Dodson around and around the octagon for 25 minutes. Dodson was precise, but he didn’t throw enough. Lineker threw almost 100 strikes more and chased Dodson around like he was running a marathon. Dodson just didn’t put on the performance that he usually does tonight. Somehow it went a split decision win for Lineker, somehow. I would have given all five rounds to Lineker.