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Lineker withdraws from UFC 219 undercard

Infected wisdom teeth have KO'd John Lineker from Saturday's UFC 219 undercard fight with Jimmie Rivera.


Lineker (30-8) was scheduled to have emergency surgery. Lineker was Rivera's second opponent to withdraw because of injury. Rivera (21-1) was supposed to fight Dominick Crus, but Cruz injured his arm in November.

Lineker-Rivera had been scheduled as part of the main card at T-Mobile in Las Vegas. The main fight pits Cris "Cyborg" Justino against Holly Holm for the featherweight title.

Lineker apologized via

"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 now I feel horrible to have to withdraw. And I need to apologize to the fans."

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