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UFC 169: John Lineker Vs. Ali Bagautinov

UFC 169: John Lineker Vs. Ali Bagautinov

John Lineker vs. Ali Bagautinov

We head to the flyweight ranks, as John Lineker (23-6) and Ali Bagautinov (12-2) try to become the next contender to the title.

Lineker, thankfully, made weight after initially missing the 125-pound mark. He has won four straight inside the Octagon, including three TKO wins in 2013, but missed weight in two of those wins.

Bagautinov is unbeaten with the UFC, defeating Tim Elliott and Marcos Vinicius last year.

Round 1: That didn’t take long, as Bagautinov scores with a takedown just seconds into the contest. Lineker is in the domain of Bagautinov on the canvas, especially at this stage of the action. Lineker locks up the heel, and Bagautinov does the same. We have a tie and Lineker releases. Bagautinov drops down with a heel hook again with two minutes to go. Lineker gets free and back to his feet. Big takedown by Bagautinov scores.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bagautinov

Round 2: Lineker is loading up with the right hand, which could leave him exposed for a takedown. Nice knee to the body by Bagautinov after he is denied on a takedown. Lineker catches him coming in this time with a solid shot. Bagautinov circling away, and he could be trying to wear Lineker out. Remember, Lineker had a tough weight cut and was trimming down as weigh-ins went down – and following after missing weight. Nice exchange by these two and Lineker catches him again. Bagautinov gets in and lands a left, but eats a body shot that did damage. Takedown attempt by Bagautinov, but he is denied once more. Lineker is winning the stand up and has denied every takedown attempt so far.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lineker

Round 3: Bagautinov comes out and shows his wrestling power, scoring two straight takedowns after being denied six times in the second round. Lineker, though, has a potential kimura as we approach the three-minute mark of the final round. Bagautinov denies it and is back in control. Two more takedowns this round for Bagautinov, who celebrates as the clock winds down and Lineker has no chance.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bagautinov

Ali Bagautinov def. John Lineker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)