Lineker earned a split decision win over Dodson in a razor-close fight. Dodson landed at a high percentage, but Lineker had a higher output. In a fight that could have gone either way, Lineker got the nod and called for a title shot against champon Dominick Cruz.
Charles Oliveira ended former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Will Brooks‘ nine-fight win streak in the fight card’s co-main event. Oliveira missed weight by 5.5 pounds on Friday. He used his size inside the clinch and to smother Brooks on the ground. Brooks suffered a rib injury during the fight and was overpowered. Oliveira finished Brooks with a series of punches on the ground. The two nearly had a post-fight altercation after Oliveira taunted Brooks. Brooks threw his mouthpiece at the Brazilian, but cooler heads prevailed.
Those in attendance also witnessed one of the bigger upsets in recent years when The Ultimate Fighter 24’s Brandon Moreno submitted No. 9-ranked flyweight Louis Smolka to kick off the event’s main card. Moreno accepted the fight on nine-days notice when Smolka’s original opponent Sergio Pettis was forced out of the bout due to injury.