UFC Fight Night 91 was the first UFC event in South Dakota. It was held on July 13, 2016 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was headlined by a bantamweight bout between Michael McDonald and John Lineker; the bout could have some title-eliminator implications. The event had 12 matches with only two going the distance, not bad for a Wednesday.
The main event only lasted just over two minutes as heavy-handed Lineker knocked out McDonald via punches. It looked like a one-sided affair as McDonald was dropped multiple times. Before the bout, Lineker was ranked No. 8 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings while McDonald is at No. 5. Results should be reflected soon. Check the replay below:
Original main eventer Tony Ferguson also snatched a win over promotional newcomer Lando Vannata. The bout started to be competitive as Vannata?s movement looked fluid in the early going. Vannata landed a spinning kick to the midsection early and also a nice right hand when he was off center, catching Ferguson relatively clean. A brief halt was called when there was an intentional blow to the groin that hit Ferguson, from there on, the action picked up. Both men exchanged shots and Vannata looked like he belonged in the Octagon as he hurt Ferguson several more times. One telling blow was a head kick thrown by Vannata that dropped Ferguson. In the second round though, Ferguson pulled away from Vannata on the feet and he ended up catching Vannata with D?Arce choke to secure the win.
In other UFC Fight Night 91?results, Tim Boetsch defeated Josh Samman via TKO (punches) in the second round. Daniel Omielanczuk bested Oleksiy Oliynyk in a majority decision. Keita Nakamura submitted Kyle Noke via rear-naked choke at the end of the second round and Ben Nguyen was stopped by Louis Smolka also in the second round with TKO via punches and elbows in full mount.
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