John Lineker replacing injured Dominick Cruz at UFC 219

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UFC 219 had Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera facing off against Dominic Cruz before Cruz had to pull out due to an injury. Cruz was coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Cody Garbrandt. Rivera was coming off a decision win against Thomas Almeida.  Marlon Moraes offered to step in after he beat John Dodson but was booked against Aljamain Sterling.

Just announced today: John “Hands of Stone” Lineker will step in to face Rivera on short notice at UFC 219 on December in Las Vegas, Nevada in the T-Mobile arena. Lineker last fought Marlon Moraes and came away with a decision victory. Before that his last loss was to now champ, TJ Dillashaw. The following fights are announced at UFC 219:

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Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm

Edson Barboza vs Khabib Nurmagomedov


Cynthia Calvillo vs Carla Esparza

Matheus Nicolau vs Louis Smolka

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Carlos Condit vs Neil Magny

Khalil Roundtree vs Gokhan Saki

Myles Jury vs Rick Glenn

Marc Diakese vs Daniel Hooker

Kamaru Usman vs Emil meek (pending Meek’s Visa)

Jimmie Rivera vs John Lineker

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