Lineker, 27, who is coming off a decision win over Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night 119 in October, will face Jimmie Rivera (21-1-0).
Rivera is on a 20 fight win streak, decisioning Thomas Almeida in his last bout at UFC on FOX 25 in July. It’s clear from his Twitter account that he is still looking to fight champion TJ Dillashaw down the line.
Saw @TJDillashaw interview on @MMAFighting . @UrijahFaber is the reason you got into MMA,@ufc and won a title. Then you leave. I have an old school Martial Arts upbringing and loyalty is huge. I looked up to Urijah as a legend and beat him, I'll whoop your ass 10 times worse.
— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) November 14, 2017
UFC 219 is scheduled for Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The current card includes:
Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0-0) vs. Edson Barboza (19-4-0)
Kamaru Usman (11-1-0) vs. Emil Weber Meek (9-2-1)
Cynthia Calvillo (6-0-0) vs. Carla Esparza (12-4-0)
Cristiane Justino (18-1-0, 1NC) vs. Holly Holm (11-3-0)
Myles Jury (16-2-0) vs. Rick Glenn (20-4-1)
Jimmie Rivera (21-1-0) vs. John Lineker (30-8-0)
Carlos Condit (30-10-0) vs. Neil Magny (18-6-0)
Louis Smolka (11-4-0) vs. Matthew Nicolau (12-1-1)
Gokhan Saki (1-1-0) vs. Khalil Rountree (6-2-0)