John Lineker
John Lineker celebrates his victory over Ian McCall after their flyweight bout during UFC 183 Getty

John Lineker and John Dodson battle it out for the welterweight title fight during the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night 96 at the Moda Center, Portland, Oregon on Saturday, 1 October.

Where to watch live

The Main Card event starts at 3am GMT (Sunday UK time). Coverage of the fight is on BT Sport Europe. Live streaming of the link is available on the UFC's official website and the fight can be streamed on the web using UFC's Fight Pass for Early Prelims and Main Event. The fight between John Lineker v John Dodson is set to start at 5am GMT (Sunday UK time).


The UFC returns to Portland for the first time since 2009, with the last fight taking place between during UFC 102 between Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Randy Couture. It was for the first time that a fight was held in Portland.

Linekar comes into this fight after knocking out Michael McDonald in the previous fight in July. The bout lasted for two minutes and 43 seconds and the Brazilian will be looking for a similar performance on Saturday.

After losing to Demetrious Johnson in September 2015, Dodson bounced back by beating Manvel Gamburyan earlier in April in Florida. The 32-year-old, who is also known as "The Magicain" won the bout by TKO in just 37 seconds.

John Dodson
John Dodson (left) will be hoping to beat John Lineker on Saturday Getty

Linekar missed the required weight limit and thus will be fine a percentage of his fight purse. However, the fight is set to go on as per the schedule. It remains to be seen who comes on top. The home crowd support could provide some edge to Dodson when he steps into the Octagon to face the Brazilian.

Betting odds (

  • John Lineker to win:13/16
  • John Dodson to win: 11/10

Main Card Event

  • Catchweight (136.5 lbs): John Lineker vs John Dodson
  • Catchweight (161.5 lbs): Will Brooks vs Alex Oliveira
  • Welterweight: Josh Burkman vs Zak Ottow
  • Flyweight: Louis Smolka vs Brandon Moreno