UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker

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UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker
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The poster for UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJuly 13, 2016 (2016-07-13)
VenueDenny Sanford Premier Center
CitySioux Falls, South Dakota
Total gate$381,945[1]
Event chronology
UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko

UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker (also known as UFC Fight Night 91) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on July 13, 2016, at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[2]


This was the first UFC event under the ownership of a group led by Endeavor which included Silver Lake Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and MSD Capital; their purchase of Zuffa was announced two days earlier.[3] The event also was the first that the organization has hosted in South Dakota.[2][4]

A lightweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter winners was scheduled to headline the event, as The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos winner Tony Ferguson was expected to face The Ultimate Fighter: Live winner Michael Chiesa.[5] However, Chiesa pulled out due to a back injury on June 27.[6] On the following day, it was announced that promotional newcomer Lando Vannata would replace him and the bout would be moved to the co-main event, as a bantamweight bout between former interim UFC Bantamweight Championship challenger Michael McDonald and John Lineker was revealed as the new headliner.[7]

Alex White was expected to face The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber winner Ryan Hall, but pulled out on June 28 due to an undisclosed injury. Hall elected to fight on a different date rather than have the promotion find him a replacement.[8]


Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight John Lineker def. Michael McDonald KO (punches) 1 2:43
Lightweight Tony Ferguson def. Lando Vannata Submission (D'Arce choke) 2 2:22
Middleweight Tim Boetsch def. Josh Samman TKO (punches) 2 3:49
Heavyweight Daniel Omielańczuk def. Aleksei Oleinik Decision (majority) (28–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Keita Nakamura def. Kyle Noke Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 4:59
Flyweight Louis Smolka def. Ben Nguyen TKO (punches and elbows) 2 4:41
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Women's Bantamweight Katlyn Chookagian def. Lauren Murphy Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Sam Alvey def. Eric Spicely Submission (guillotine choke) 1 2:43
Women's Strawweight Cortney Casey def. Cristina Stanciu TKO (elbows) 1 2:36
Lightweight Scott Holtzman def. Cody Pfister Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Bantamweight Rani Yahya def. Matthew Lopez Submission (arm-triangle choke) 3 4:19
Middleweight Alex Nicholson def. Devin Clark KO (punch) 1 4:57


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[10]

  • Fight of the Night: Tony Ferguson vs. Lando Vannata
  • Performance of the Night: John Lineker and Louis Smolka

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2016-07-14). "UFC Fight Night 91 draws announced 5,671 fans for $381,945 live gate in South Dakota". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  2. ^ a b Thomas Gerbasi (2016-04-16). "UFC makes first trip to South Dakota in July". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  3. ^ de la Merced, Michael (July 11, 2016). "U.F.C. Sells Itself for $4 Billion". The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Ryan T Heuer (2016-07-14). "Area fans get taste of UFC in Sioux Falls". argusleader.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  5. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2016-05-08). "Sioux Falls and Chicago headliners announced". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  6. ^ Staff (2016-06-27). "Michael Chiesa injured, out of July 13 UFC Fight Night headliner with Tony Ferguson". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  7. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2016-06-28). "McDonald-Lineker to headline Sioux Falls event on July 13". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  8. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-06-28). "UFC Fight Night Sioux Falls update: Alex White-Ryan Hall featherweight bout canceled". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  9. ^ "UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  10. ^ Staff (2016-07-13). "UFC Fight Night 91 bonuses: As if there was any question, Ferguson and Vannata lead the way". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-13.