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Lineker, Cutelaba Out Of UFC on ESPN+ 1

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) multi-million dollar venture with ESPN has hit its first speed bump.

According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, both John Lineker and Ion Cutelaba have both been forced out of their fights against Cory Sandhagen and Glover Teixeira, respectively, which were set to go down at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on January 19 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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It truly is a tough blow for the event seeing as how it’s a little over a week away from fight night. Glover and Ion were set to kick off the main card on ESPN+ 1.

Now, the promotion will have to scramble to find two suitable foes for both Glover and Corey. Thankfully, nine days should be sufficient enough time to find a couple of combatants willing to take the opportunity to step up to the plate.

The event is set to be headlined by a Flyweight title fight as division champion Henry Cejudo takes on current Bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw. In the co-main event, Greg Hardy will make his official UFC debut against Allen Crowder in Heavyweight action.

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Cruz Vs. Lineker Targeted For UFC 233

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will look to start it’s 2019 pay-per-view (PPV) campaign with a bang, as UFC 233 is set go down inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. While a headlining act has yet-to-be announced, the card is starting to shape up nicely.

According to a report from Globo, former UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will return after his most-recent lengthy layoff due to injury to face heavy-handed John Lineker. “The Dominator” was last seen competing at UFC 206 in December of 2016, losing his 135-pound strap to the now-former champion, Cody Garbrandt.

His return was halted after he suffered a broken arm in training, canceling his proposed fight against Jimmie Rivera which was set to UFC 219. As for Lineker, he is currently riding a two-fight win streak, with his most recent win coming against at UFC 224 earlier this year, knocking out Brian Kelleher in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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UFC 233 will also feature the long-awaited debut of former Bellator MMA and ONE Welterweight champion, Ben Askren, as he will face former UFC ex-champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler in “Funky’s” first fight inside the Octagon.

Also, a highly-intriguing Lightweight showdown between Paul Felder and James Vick will go down at this event after their first bout earlier this year was canceled.

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John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher, Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson Booked for UFC 224

Two bouts have been added to the UFC 224 lineup, as John Lineker will square off against Brian Kelleher at bantamweight, while Thales Leites will meet Jack Hermansson at middleweight in Rio de Janeiro on May 12.
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John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher, Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson Booked for UFC 224

Two bouts have been added to the UFC 224 lineup, as John Lineker will square off against Brian Kelleher at bantamweight, while Thales Leites will meet Jack Hermansson at middleweight in Rio de Janeiro on May 12.
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John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher, Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson Booked for UFC 224

Two bouts have been added to the UFC 224 lineup, as John Lineker will square off against Brian Kelleher at bantamweight, while Thales Leites will meet Jack Hermansson at middleweight in Rio de Janeiro on May 12.
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After Dominick Cruz Withdrawal, Jimmie Rivera Now Faces John Lineker at UFC 219

Jimmie Rivera has a new opponent at UFC 219, as the bantamweight contender will square off against John Lineker in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.
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John Lineker not interested in fighting Brian Kelleher

Brian Kelleher wants John Lineker next in the UFC, but the Brazilian isn’t thrilled with the idea.

Kelleher left a great first impression in the UFC, submitting top-ranked bantamweight Iuri Alcantara in the first round and silencing the crowd at Rio de Janeiro’s UFC 212, and suggested a fight with Lineker in his post-fight scrum.

Kelleher wants to be part of UFC’s upcoming event in Long Island, New York, on July 22. “Hands of Stone”, who was in Rio de Janeiro this weekend and watched Kelleher’s successful debut, isn’t interested.

“A fight with this guy, it doesn’t make sense for me to fight him right now,” Lineker told MMA Fighting. “The position I am in the ranking… I don’t know where he actually is in the ranking. But it wouldn’t be good for me.

“Of course, I’d like to fight a top 5, but if the UFC wants this fight, I wouldn’t say no. I’ll fight anyone. I’ll fight whoever the UFC puts in there. I’m an employee and there’s nothing I can do.”

Lineker told MMA Fighting he doesn’t “have anyone in mind” as an ideal opponent for his return to the Octagon following his decision loss to former champion T.J. DIllashaw, but wants to be back in the cage as soon as possible.

“I want to fight. I wanted to fight (at UFC 212) but couldn’t yet [laughs],” said Lineker, who fractured his jaw in his defeat to DIllashaw. “I plan on fighting by the end of July or early in August, but I have to wait. I’m waiting. We’ll see what happens.”

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John Lineker eyes late July return to the UFC after surgery for broken jaw

John Lineker is gearing up for his return to the Octagon.

The bantamweight striker, who fractured his jaw in the first round against T.J. Dillashaw in December, is not cleared to compete just yet, but he’s getting close to the finish line.

“I’m already training well,” Lineker told MMA Fighting. “I can’t get hit in the head yet. I’m using a helmet, but I’m already training well.”

Lineker was on a six-fight winning streak when he faced Dillashaw at UFC 207, and says he will be ready to step back inside the cage by the end of July

The Brazilian is currently ranked at No. 4 in the bantamwe.ight division, and former champion Dominick Cruz, one of the fighters he always wanted to face since moving up from 125 pounds, is the only bantamweight ranked above him who currently doesn’t have a fight booked.

However, “Hands of Stone” expects to face someone else in his return.

“I don’t believe the UFC will give me Dominick Cruz,” Lineker said. “They will definitely give me someone else. I’m not sure who I’ll fight next, but it’s definitely not Dominick Cruz.

“I’m here to fight anyone. I want to go back in there and put on a fight.”

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John Lineker eyes late July return to the UFC after surgery for broken jaw

John Lineker is gearing up for his return to the Octagon.

The bantamweight striker, who fractured his jaw in the first round against T.J. Dillashaw in December, is not cleared to compete just yet, but he’s getting close to the finish line.

“I’m already training well,” Lineker told MMA Fighting. “I can’t get hit in the head yet. I’m using a helmet, but I’m already training well.”

Lineker was on a six-fight winning streak when he faced Dillashaw at UFC 207, and says he will be ready to step back inside the cage by the end of July

The Brazilian is currently ranked at No. 4 in the bantamwe.ight division, and former champion Dominick Cruz, one of the fighters he always wanted to face since moving up from 125 pounds, is the only bantamweight ranked above him who currently doesn’t have a fight booked.

However, “Hands of Stone” expects to face someone else in his return.

“I don’t believe the UFC will give me Dominick Cruz,” Lineker said. “They will definitely give me someone else. I’m not sure who I’ll fight next, but it’s definitely not Dominick Cruz.

“I’m here to fight anyone. I want to go back in there and put on a fight.”

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John Lineker eyes late July return to the UFC after surgery for broken jaw

John Lineker is gearing up for his return to the Octagon.

The bantamweight striker, who fractured his jaw in the first round against T.J. Dillashaw in December, is not cleared to compete just yet, but he’s getting close to the finish line.

“I’m already training well,” Lineker told MMA Fighting. “I can’t get hit in the head yet. I’m using a helmet, but I’m already training well.”

Lineker was on a six-fight winning streak when he faced Dillashaw at UFC 207, and says he will be ready to step back inside the cage by the end of July

The Brazilian is currently ranked at No. 4 in the bantamwe.ight division, and former champion Dominick Cruz, one of the fighters he always wanted to face since moving up from 125 pounds, is the only bantamweight ranked above him who currently doesn’t have a fight booked.

However, “Hands of Stone” expects to face someone else in his return.

“I don’t believe the UFC will give me Dominick Cruz,” Lineker said. “They will definitely give me someone else. I’m not sure who I’ll fight next, but it’s definitely not Dominick Cruz.

“I’m here to fight anyone. I want to go back in there and put on a fight.”

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