UFC teammate John Lineker is eager to book his next fight as soon as possible. He is even ready to switch to featherweight to speed up the process.
Lineker (31-8) was scheduled to fight Cory Sandhagen at UFC Fight Night last weekend, but he retired due to a minor injury. He told ESPN that he had no choice but to withdraw from this fight, but that he was healthy enough to be able to get something in the books of the UFC now.
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"I'm ready to fight in a month," said Lineker through a translator. "I do not pick any opponents, it can be anybody, I'll even say this: it can be anyone who weighs 135 pounds or 145 pounds, I just have to fight."
"It does not seem like there are a lot of opponents for me at 135, so maybe if I offer myself at 145, someone will come forward."
Lineker, 29, was limited to two appearances in the last two years. Originally from Brazil, now living in South Florida, he admits that this has created a difficult financial situation for his family.
"It's my job – I'm not paid if I do not work," Lineker said. "I have five children to support.If I do not work, I can not pay for their life.That's why I'm offering at any weight." J & # 39; I need to be paid .I need to work. "
Despite his inactivity, Lineker remains very well ranked with 135 pounds. The bantamweight division is changing, however, champion TJ Dillashaw has lost to midweight champion Henry Cejudo and is demanding revenge. If Dillashaw got one, it would create a stalemate in his division.
Lineker does not think about the title yet. He just wants a fight. And with the uncertain situation at the top of his division, he opens his options and welcomes a fight against anyone from any weight class.
"What would make sense, are zero weights like Marlon Moraes, Raphael Assuncao, Jimmie Rivera – all these guys, "said Lineker's coach, Alex Davis," And do we want an opponent who plans to fight for the title? Of course. But look what's going on right now. None of these senior combatants will want to fight him because the risk is too great. I'll tell you these guys will not fight Lineker now.
"John is a child who really likes to fight, he will fight anybody, we proposed to fight [featherweight prospect] Zabit Magomedsharipov before, and it was a real offer. John can beat anyone. "