UFC 191 featured a magnificent performance from a pound for pound magician, and a battle between heavyweight legends, but a bantamweight prelim bout stole the show.
Technical master Demetrious Johnson looked amazing in defending his UFC flyweight belt against John Dodson, but the champ’s nuanced brilliance was overshadowed by something a lot less refined from earlier in the evening.
Bantamweights John Lineker and Francisco Rivera engaged in one of the wildest brawls the promotion has ever seen. The first shots that each man landed must have knocked the word “defence” from the others vocabulary, because neither fighter had even a fleeting flirtation with the idea of defending himself throughout the 2:08 of trading.
Bizarrely, rather than ending in a violent knockout, this intense battle came to an end via submission.
The two men secured the most obvious “Fight of the Night” bonuses of all-time.
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