The main event in Portland was everything fans wanted it to be and more. John Lineker and John Dodson did the thing.
They stood toe-to-toe and exchanged, and both men landed crazy power on one another without their opponent blinking. An extraordinary battle between two of the most fun athletes in the sport. Lineker got the nod on the scorecards in a razor-close fight.
In the co-main event, Will Brooks was taken out in the third round by Alex Oliveira. Oliveira then taunted Brooks which caused some post-fight antics. Brooks battled through a rib injury, but couldn't close out the bout.
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UFC Fight Night 96 Quick Results
- John Lineker defeats John Dodson by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
- Alex Oliveira defeats Will Brooks by TKO at 3:30 of the third round
- Zak Ottow defeats Josh Burkman by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Brandon Moreno defeats Louis Smolka via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:23 of the first round
- Luis Henrique da Silva defeats Joachim Christensen via submission (armbar) at 4:43 of the second round
- Andre Fili defeats Hacran Dias by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Shamil Abdurakhimov defeats Walt Harris by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos defeats Keita Nakamura by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Nate Marquardt defeats Tamdan McRory by KO at 4:44 of the second round
- Ion Cutelaba defeats Jonathan Wilson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Curtis Blaydes defeats Cody East by TKO at 2:02 of the second round
- Ketlen Vieira defeats Kelly Faszholz by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)