MMA Odds and Ends for Monday: John Lineker vs. John Dodson headlines UFC Fight Night 96, Two title fights set for Titan FC 41

399 John Lineker vs. John Dodson headlines UFC Fight Night 96 UFC officials announced Saturday that John Lineker vs. John Dodson will headline UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland. Lineker (28-7) heads into this matchup off a five fight winning streak and is 3-0 since moving back up to bantamweight. He’s coming into this matchup off a knockout victory over Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 91. Dodson (18-7) moved up to bantamweight division earlier this year and knocked out Manny Gamburyan in 47 seconds at UFC on FOX 19. UFC Fight Night 96 takes place from the Moda Center on October 1st in Portland, Oregon. Here’s an updated look at a card. John Lineker (28-7) vs. John Dodson (18-7) Will Brooks (19-1) vs. Alex Oliveira (15-3-1) Josh Burkman (28-13) vs. Bobby Green (23-7) Louis Smolka (11-1) vs. Sergio Pettis (14-2) Walt Harris (8-4) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (16-3) Tamdan McCrory (14-4) vs. Nate Marquardt (34-15-2) Kelly Faszholz (3-1) vs. Ketlen Vieira (6-0)   BJ Penn vs. Ricardo Lamas targeted for UFC Fight Night: Manila reports that the UFC is currently trying to setup a featherweight matchup between B.J. Penn and Riciardo Lamas as the main event of UFN Fight Night 97, which is scheduled to take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on Oct. 15. Penn (16-10-2) was originally supposed to fight to fight Dennis Siver, then Cole Miller, before he was slapped with a six-month suspension from USADA after he disclosed the use of an IV infusion in excess of 50 mL in a six-hour period during an out-of-competition drug test taken on March 25. Penn hasn’t won a fight since 2010. Lamas (16-5) heads into this matchup off a unanimous decision loss to Max Holloway at UFC 199 in June.    UFC Fight Night 95 adds Thiago Santos vs. Eric Spicely, makes several other changes.  A middleweight matchup between Thiago Santos and Eric Spicely has been added to UFC Fight Night 95. In addition Renato Carneiro, Brandon Thatch, Joaquim Silva and Shinsho Anzai have been pulled off the card due to injuries. Carneiro was slated to face Mike De La Torre and will now be replaced by Godofredo Pepey. In addition Erick Silva now meets Luan Chagas and Glaico Franca will be replacing Joaquim Silva against Gregor Gillespie. UFC Fight Night 95 emanates from the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil. Here’s an updated look at the card. Main Card: (FS1) Cris Cyborg (16-1, 1NC) vs. Lina Lansberg (6-1) Renan Barao (33-4, 1NC) vs. Phillipe Nover (11-6-1) Roy Nelson (21-13) vs. Antonio Silva (19-9-1) Francisco Trinaldo (20-4) vs. Paul Felder (12-2) Gilbert Burns (11-1) vs. Michel Prazeres (20-2) Godofredo Pepey (12-4) vs. Mike De La Torre (14-5, 1NC) Preliminary Card: Michinori Tanaka (11-1) vs. Rani Yahya (22-8, 1NC) Dustin Ortiz (15-5) vs. Jussier Formiga (18-4) Hector Urbina (17-9-1) vs. Vicente Luque (9-5-1) Gregor Gillespie (7-0) vs. Glaico Franca (13-4) Erick Silva (18-7, 1NC) vs. Luan Chagas (14-1-1) Steven Ray (19-5) vs. Alan Patrick (13-1) Thiago Santos (13-4) vs. Eric Spicely (8-1)   Titan FC 41 takes place September 9th  Titan FC announced Saturday in a press release that Carina Damm will meet Kalindra Faria for the inaugural Titan FC women’s bantamweight title and Andrew Whitney faces Farkhad Sharipov for the vacant men’s bantamweight title. In addition they added a number of new matchups to the card including former WSOF welterweight champion Steve Carl and the debut of Valdir Araujo. Here’s an updated look at the card below. Carina Damm (23-12) vs. Kalindra Faria (17-5-1) Andrew Whitney (14-4) vs. Farkhad Sharipov (16-6) Taylor Krahl (7-3) vs. Valdir Araujo (16-7) Steve Carl (22-5) vs. Jason Jackson (5-2) Raush Manfio (4-1) vs. Demarques Jackson (4-0) Caio Rocha (4-0) vs. Aalon Cruz (4-1) Steve Mowry (0-0) vs. Romeo Valdez (0-0)   Thiago Moisés vs. Zach Freeman headlines RFA 44 RFA officials announced Friday that Thiago Moisés will defend his lightweight title against Zach Freeman at RFA 44. Moisés (8-1) heads into this matchup off a successful title defense against Jamall Emmers at RFA 38, where he knocked him out in the fifth round. Freeman (8-1) makes  RFA debut and is coming off a submission win against Zac Kelly at Rumble Time Promotions in March of last year. RFA 44 takes place September 30th at St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Here’s an updated look at the card. Thiago Moisés (8-1) vs. Zach Freeman (8-1) Nick Urso (8-2) vs. Ken Porter (9-2) Josh Sampo (11-5) vs. Kevin Gray (7-3)  

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