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John Lineker apologizes for UFC on ESPN+ 1 withdrawal, hopes for quick return

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John Lineker hopes he won’t be out of action for long after an injury forced him to withdraw from Saturday’s matchup with Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN+ 1.

Lineker (31-8 MMA, 12-3 UFC) was supposed to meet Sandhagen (9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in a bantamweight affair. Unfortunately, nine days’ from the event, he pulled out of the fight and was replaced by octagon newcomer Mario Bautista (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

The nature of Lineker injury is still not known, but the Brazilian said he hopes to get another fight booked soon (via Twitter):

I am sorry I wont be fighting on the upcoming jan 19th card.
I thank ATT, family, friends and fans of “ Hands of Stone” s work. I hope to be rescheduled soon so that I can put on another show for the all my fans. pic.twitter.com/KA8BsXykz7

— John Lineker (@johnlineker) January 12, 2019

I am sorry I wont be fighting on the upcoming jan 19th card.
I thank ATT, family, friends and fans of “ Hands of Stone” s work. I hope to be rescheduled soon so that I can put on another show for the all my fans.

UFC on ESPN+ 1 takes place Jan. 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card streams on ESPN+ following four prelims on the standard ESPN cable network and early prelims on ESPN+.

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Lineker, No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, is 8-1 in his past nine appearances, with the lone loss in that run coming to current UFC bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw.

“Hands of Stone” hasn’t fought since a third-round knockout of Brian Kelleher at UFC 224 in May.

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 1, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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