MMA Odds and Ends for Monday: John Lineker out of Jimmie Rivera matchup Saturday at UFC 219

UFC officials announced Sunday that John Lineker (30-8) out of his matchup Saturday against Jimmie Rivera (21-1) at UFC 219 due to injury. No word on who will replace Lineker against Rivera in this bantamweight matchup. Linkeker issued a statement following his removal from the card

“I am really sad to have to withdraw from my fight with Rivera. I felt a little pain in the beginning of the week, went to the dentist and got treated, but (the pain) just kept getting worse. I came to Las Vegas early and tried to stay in the fight, but it was simply impossible.I would like to apologize to Rivera. I know how much it sucks when this happens. I want to apologize to Sean Shelby and the UFC. I begged them for the fight, and they agreed, and how I feel horrible to have to withdraw. And I need to apologize to the fans. I know that this would have been a great fight and everyone was looking forward to it,” Lineker said. “Hopefully Rivera and the UFC will agree to reschedule as soon as I can be ready to fight again.”

Here’s an updated look at the card.

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm – for women’s featherweight title
Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Jimmie Rivera vs. TBA
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny

Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Khalil Rountree
Marc Diakiese vs. Dan Hooker
Rick Glenn vs. Myles Jury
Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)

Mark Delarosa vs. Tim Elliott
Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori

Written by James Lynch

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