John Lineker says his weight issues are a thing of the past. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
One day before UFC Fight Night “Cerrone vs. Miller,” John Lineker was already a winner. The Brazilian flyweight checked in at 125.5 pounds, meeting the requirement for his bout with Alptekin Ozkilic.
It was no small feat for Lineker, who weighed in over the 126-pound flyweight limit in three of his six UFC appearances.
Lineker parlayed this personal victory into a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus for his knockout of Ozkilic, demonstrating punching power that is hard to come by in the 125-pound bracket. At Wednesday’s post-fight press conference, the 24-year-old made it clear that weight troubles will not continue to plague his career.
“That’s not going to be an issue anymore," Lineker said. “I have over 30 fights in this division, so I think it’s a good place for me.”
With divisional champion Demetrious Johnson set to defend his title against Chris Cariaso at UFC 177, with and top contender John Dodson sidelined with a knee injury, Lineker’s next opponent remains unclear. At Wednesday’s post-fight press conference, however, one UFC official mentioned “Hands of Stone” alongside fellow top-10 flyweights Ian McCall and Brad Pickett, who square off Saturday in Ireland.
“You talk about the Dublin card this weekend, with Pickett and McCall, and now [Lineker’s] in the mix,” said UFC Director of Public Relations Dave Sholler. “That division got really interesting tonight.”