UFC 219 has taken another blow. John Lineker is out of his fight against Jimmie Rivera. Lineker had agreed to replace an injured Dominick Cruz after Cruz broke his arm but it looks as if Lineker suffered his own injury leading up to the fight. The nature of the injury is undisclosed.
Rivera is now left without an opponent and there is no word yet on a replacement but reports are the UFC is trying to find one ‘last minute’ to keep Rivera on the card.
Lineker was 7-1 in his last 8 fights with his only loss coming by unanimous decision to champion, T.J. Dillashaw. Rivera is on a 20-fight win streak and a win against Cruz or Lineker would have likely led to an eventual title shot.