If you want to catch some live MMA in Australia this weekend there are a few options thanks to UFC Fight Pass. The UFC, Brace, Pancrase and Eurasia Fight Nights (EFN) are all putting on events this weekend. We’ve got UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson on Sunday afternoon out of Portland, Oregon, featuring athletes from the organisation’s smaller weight divisions on the main card. One day earlier the Australian MMA organisation, Brace, has an event in New Zealand. If you’re still hungry for more MMA after that, UFC Fight Pass also has live events coming from EFN and Pancrase this weekend.
In the main event of UFC Fight Night 96 between John Lineker and John Dodson promises to be an extraordinary fight. UFC Fight Night 96 should start around 1pm on Sunday, 2nd October (Sydney time). Don’t expect the two men to stand in front of each other and brawl; Dodson says he is going to be elusive and touch Lineker up without being hit. Not a bad strategy as Lineker has has tremendous power in both hands, winning 12 of his 35 professional fights by KO…three in a row after moving up to bantamweight, after consistently missing weight at flyweight. Lineker has a daunting challenge ahead of him in the form of John Dodson, who has been waiting for an opportunity for fight for close to six months. Dodson has won nine of his last ten fights and is widely regarded as one of the best in the flyweight and bantamweight divisions. Dodson is openly saying that he wants a title shot at 135 but concedes that he has some work to do after losing his last two title fights at 125.
That moment when you know you have the best camp for a fight & happy for the fight to come already #UFCPortland pic.twitter.com/p9bDMoVHQG
— John Dodson III (@JohnDodsonMMA) September 22, 2016
The co-main event is between former Bellator lightweight champion, Will Brooks, and the second most famous ‘Cowboy’ in MMA, Alex Oliviera. Brooks recently beat Ross Pearson in his UFC debut and is coming into this fight with a near perfect 19-1 professional MMA record. Oliviera has spent the majority of his career at welterweight and will come in with a significant reach advantage. Despite being from Brazil, Oliviera isn’t the most skilled Jiu Jitsu player. Donald Cerrone exploited this in February earlier this year, submitting him with a triangle choke. Brooks is a skilled striker who has shown remarkable takedown defence in his fights…so it’s likely that the majority of this fight will be contested on the feet.
Earlier on the main card we’ll see Zak Ottow make his UFC debut against UFC veteran, Josh Burkman, with only two weeks notice. Louis Smolka and Brandon Moreno kick-off the main card in yet another exciting matchup. There are some fun fights on the prelims and early prelims, like Hacran Dias vs. Andre Fili and Nate Marquardt vs. Tamdan McCrory, but none hold significance for the upper echelons of the UFC’s divisions.
John Lineker vs. John Dodson
Will Brooks vs. Alex Oliveira
Joshua Burkman vs. Zak Ottow
Louis Smolka vs. Brandon Moreno
Henrique da Silva vs. Joachim Christensen
Hacran Dias vs. Andre Fili
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Walt Harris
Keita Nakamura vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Nate Marquardt vs. Tamdan McCrory
Jonathan Wilson vs. Ion Cutelaba
Cody East vs. Curtis Blaydes
Kelly Faszholz vs. Ketlen Vieira
The next two weeks for Brace will be pretty full on. Brace 43: Secco vs. Bland is live from Christchurch, New Zealand this weekend and should start at 4pm on Saturday (Sydney time). The main event will see the Brazilian born Renan Secco try to get his first Brace victory over B.J Bland. Both men are well versed at BJJ, but recently Secco has been working on his striking at Phuket Top Team, we’ll have to wait until Saturday to see how much he has improved. The following weekend Brace will be heading back to Australia for Brace 44.
Renan Secco vs. B.J. Bland
Shane Young vs. Siitia Leti
Pamau Campbell vs. Taniera Terry
Joshua Henderson vs. Scott Macgregor
Joe Van Duin vs. Cole Davids
Ian Blade vs. Selby Devereux
Chris O’donoghue vs. Ereura Piwari
Lachlan Eckert vs. Sam Holdaway
Eurasia Fight Night 52 can be seen on UFC Fight Pass on Sunday, 2nd October at midday. This is a small card, only featuring three bouts, but the main event is of particular interest. Fabio Maldonado is facing a much less experienced athlete, Mikhail Mokhnatkin, in the heavyweight division. Maldonado had been struggling to find his footing of late, losing four of his last five fights. Though his last loss against Fedor Emelianenko was controversial. His fight with Emelianenko at EFN 50 should have been stopped in the first round, due Fabio absolutely ruining Emelianenko and knocking him out on his feet. Had the fight not been held in Russia it definitely would have been stopped.
Maldonado is an experienced competitor and despite his age is still very dangerous, especially with his hands. Russia’s Mokhnatkin has been on an upward trajectory in his MMA career. If Mokhnatkin able to beat Maldonado, the natural light heavyweight will solidify his place as a legitimate prospect in both the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions.
EFN 52 Card
Fabio Maldonado vs. Mikhail Mokhnatkin
Stanislav Molodcov vs. Giorgi Lobzhanidze
Ilya Kurzanov vs. Daryl Hall
Pancrase turned 23 earlier this month and they’re putting on a huge card in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, 2nd October. Unlike the old days Pancrase is now held in a cage and employs the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. The main event will see Akihiro Murayama will and Hiromitsu Miura face off for the Pancrase welterweight title. Ryo Kawamura is matched up with Yuki Niimura in the co-main event to determine who takes home the vacant welterweight title. The card is a big one and kicks off around 4pm (Sydney time).
Akihiro Murayama vs. Hiromitsu Miura
Ryo Kawamura vs. Yuki Niimura
Kota Kawahata vs. Kohei Sugiyama
Ryo Iseki vs. Shuya Kamikubo
Yoshinori Horie vs. Takashi Umehara
Yuki Ota vs. Yuki Yamamoto
Yuichi Ohashi vs. Nobuhisa Kudo
Jun Nakamura vs. Jarred Brooks
Takuya Eizumi vs. Seiji Ozuka
Atsushi Yamamoto vs. Shohei Masumizu
Masatatsu Ueda vs. Yusuke Ogikubo
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Leonardo Mafra
Mamoru Yamaguchi vs. Rogério Bontorin
Guy DeLumeau vs. N. Malegarie
Akitoshi Tamura vs. Munehiro Kin
A. Yoshihiro Yamaniha vs. Shunichi Shimizu
Tadahiro Harada vs. Kosuke Terashima
Kazunari Kimura vs. Suguru Arai
Well, at least this long weekend won’t be boring.