After a total of three events taking places last week, the UFC decided to go easy on us this week with just a single event. UFC Fight Night 91 takes place on Wednesday Night with Michael McDonald and John Lineker in the top spot. Also, Tony Ferguson faces Landon Vannata and a key middleweight division bout is taking place,
UFC Bantamweight Division Fight
John “Hands Of Stone” Lineker (27-7-0) vs. Michael “Mayday” McDonald (17-3-0)
Lineker will enter the fight riding a four fight winning streak, most notably defeating Ian McCall at UFC 183. McDonald has rotated wins and losses in his last five UFC appearances, with his last bout being a win over Masanori Kanehara at UFC 195. Lineker will be competing in his first main event in the UFC, he has fought a total of ten fights in the promotion. McDonald has already challenged for the UFC Bantamweight Title, losing to then champion Renan Barao at UFC On Fuel TV VII. McDonald is better at mixing it up when compared to Lineker, but Lineker has such a dominant striking game and that striking game gets him a fourth round TKO.
UFC Lightweight Division Fight
Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (20-3-0) vs. Landon Vannata (8-0-0)
Ferguson will be entering this fight on a seven fight winning streak and he has not suffered a defeat in over four years. Vannata will be making his UFC debut in this fight and he is replacing the injured Michael Chiesa. Ferguson has finished five of his last seven fight and this will be his first fight of the year. Vannata has only seen one of his eight fights go to the judge’s scorecards and it has been almost three years since that decision. Vannata will keep this interesting for a little while, but Ferguson is one of the best lightweights in the world and he taps Vannata in the first.
UFC Middleweight Division Fight
Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch (18-10-0) vs. Josh “Anqa” Samman (12-3-0)
Boetsch has only won just two of his last eight under the UFC banner and he has not earned a win in nearly two years. Samman has won three of four fights under the UFC banner, most notably defeating Caio Magalhaes at the UFC Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale. Boetsch has seemingly lost a step in the last few years, Samman uses his striking to get a first round TKO.
UFC Heavyweight Division Fight
Alexey “The Boa Constructor” Oleinik (50-9-1) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (18-5-1-1NC)
Oleinik is currently undefeated under the UFC banner, last defeating Jared Rosholt at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson. Omielanczuk will enter the fight riding a two fight winning streak, most notably defeating Chris De La Rocha at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites. Omielanczuk seemingly gasses if he cannot get the first round finish, Oleinik submits him late in the first round.
UFC Welterweight Division Fight
Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura (31-7-2-1NC) vs. Kyle “KO” Noke (22-8-1)
Nakkamura will be looking to rebound from his first UFC defeat, which came to Tom Breese at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Silva. Noke has won two of his last three under the UFC banner, most notably defeating Peter Sobotta at UFC 193. Nakamura is one of the best submission artists in the UFC right now, he taps Noke in the second round.
UFC Flyweight Division Fight
Ben “10” Nguyen (14-5-0) vs. Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka (10-1-0)
Nguyen is currently undefeated in UFC competition and he is a former Nitro MMA Flyweight Champion. Smolka is coming off of his first main event appearance in the UFC, where he submitted Paddy Holohan at UFC Fight Night: Holohan vs. Smolka. Nguyen has a dangerous striking game for the flyweight division, but Smolka grounds him to grind out a decision.
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