UFC Sioux Falls
UFC Sioux Falls

After three exciting events over the course of three days to start off the big month of July events for the UFC, they return with another event just four days later on July 13.

UFC Fight Night 92 goes down this Wednesday with another exciting main event. This time between two bantamweights looking to make a statement as Michael McDonald meets John Lineker in a potential five round war. Also on the card features top lightweight Tony Ferguson welcoming UFC newcomer Landon Vannatta in the co-main event.

Michael McDonald (17-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has made a name for himself as becoming one of the best bantamweights in the world at such a young age. Compiling an impressive record in MMA which held a knockout win over former WEC bantamweight title holder Miguel Torres. McDonald earned a title shot against then-champion Renan Barao in February of ’13. Stunning the champion in the first round but ultimately losing by submission in the fourth round by a tight arm-triangle choke. McDonald competed two more times in the same year, finishing Brad Pickett by submission and losing to Urijah Faber by submission. From there, McDonald took two-year layoff due to multiple injuries. He returned at UFC 195 against Masanori Kanehara. Picking up another submission win, but looking a shell of himself in the process.

John Lineker (27-7 MMA, 8-2 UFC) the Brazilian assassin, known for his iron chin and his powerful hands with adopting the nickname of ‘Hands of Stone’. Losing to Louis Gaudinot in his debut in 2012 by submission. Compiling a four-fight win streak only to lose his second UFC fight against Ali Bagautinov. From there, Lineker defeated Alp Ozkilic by TKO in ‘Fight of the Night’ honors, then missing weight against Ian McCall in a fight he won by decision. After a failed run at flyweight due to missing weight, Lineker returned to bantamweight having most of his success in the weight class. Defeating Francisco Rivera in the first round and decisioning Rob Font most recently at UFC 198 in Brazil.

Betting Odds via 5Dimes: McDonald (+150), Lineker (-170)

The Matchup: This is absolutely one of the most exciting fights throughout July. You have two fighters who are going to stand in the pocket and trade, while not backing up a single inch. In my opinion, I think this matchup benefits Lineker much more than it does McDonald. Lineker has stayed much more active, his chin is better, and he is overall the better fighter right now. While the fight is close in betting lines, getting Lineker at (-170) is a very good price. I cannot trust McDonald after nearly getting finished in his return fight after a two-year layoff. Like I said above, he looked a shell of himself and just didn’t look good at all. I expect Lineker to press forward and pressure McDonald early on, landing often and dropping McDonald. Ultimately finishing him in the first or second round for my prediction.

My Bet: Risk 3.5 units on Lineker (-170) to win 2.05 units.