John Lineker Forced Off UFC Brooklyn Card Due to Injury

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John Lineker has been forced to withdraw from UFC Brooklyn, leaving Cory Sandhagen without a dance partner just over a week out from the event.

Maybe the fight just wasn’t meant to be. John Lineker, who was originally scheduled to face Dominick Cruz at UFC 233, has been forced out of his fight with Cory Sandhagen. With UFC 233 scrapped, the Lineker vs. Sandhagen fight had been booked for UFC Brooklyn (UFC on ESPN+ 1 / UFC Fight Night 143).

Now, it’s Sandhagen versus uncertainty, as it’s unclear whether the UFC will be able to rebook him in time for next weekend’s hostilities.

Lineker (31-8) last fought at UFC 224 in May, picking up a KO win over Brian ‘Boom’ Kelleher. He’s currently on a two fight win streak, and 8-1 in his last nine bouts. The former flyweight has proven incredibly effective as a bantamweight thus far, with his only loss coming against T.J. Dillashaw, who will challenge for a second title at UFC Brooklyn.

Cory Sandhagen (9-1), the last man standing in all this, has won four straight dating back to his LFA days, including his first two UFC scraps.

Ag. Fight was first to report news of Lineker’s withdrawal from the UFC Brooklyn card. The nature of the bantamweight’s injury was not disclosed.

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