Michael McDonald vs. John Lineker UFC Fight Night 91 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/13/16
Lineker vs. McDonald
UFC: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (Denny Sanford Premier Center)
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Michael McDonald and John Lineker fight Wednesday night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center during UFC Fight Night 91.
Michael McDonald enters this fight with a 17-3 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by knockout. McDonald has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a January win over Masanori Kanehara. McDonald is averaging 2.61 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.5 percent. McDonald is averaging 1.12 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 66.6 percent. McDonald has been a knockout artist for much of his career but his last four fights have ended by submission for better or worse. McDonald has a long reach of 70 inches with clear power and is more comfortable when fighting standing up. This will be McDonald’s first fight in South Dakota.
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John Lineker enters this fight with a 27-7 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Lineker has won his last four fights and is coming off a May win over Rob Font. Lineker is averaging 5.57 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.9 percent. Lineker is averaging 0.74 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 62.5 percent. Lineker has been extremely consistent since making his UFC debut four years ago, and he’s an accurate striker with devastating knockout power. Lineker didn’t earn the nickname Hands of Stone for nothing and he’s won six of his last 11 fights by knockout. Lineker is also strong with his takedown defense. This will be Lineker’s first fight in South Dakota.
Both guys are most comfortable standing up, and if that’s where the fight goes, you have to give the big advantage to Lineker. A strong volume striker, Lineker has the potential to end this fight at any moment.
Give me Lineker to pick up his fifth straight victory.