Former UFC bantamweight John Lineker (31-9-0) took to his Twitter account earlier today to announce his signing with Asian MMA promotion ONE Championship.
Lineker, 29, was recently released from the UFC July 3 after pulling out from a co-main event slot with Rob Font at UFC on ESPN+ 12 because of a laceration suffered during a weight cut. President Dana White later commented that it was the last straw combined with prior failures to make weight for other show.
“It was because he hasn’t made weight a few times and I just know the matchmakers were super frustrated with him. The guy wasn’t being professional,” White explained to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter last Friday.
“When you don’t make it to the octagon either a bunch of times, it’s a waste of everybody’s time, energy and money,” White continued. “We expect guys to be professional, do what they’re supposed to do, show up. The matchmakers were done. They had it.”
“ I will answer all the questions out there about myself in the Ring! People will be changing the channel to watch me fight! I will continue to do what I love! Fight and put on a show! Thank you 1 for having me! @Alexdavismma @ONEChampionship
— John Lineker (@johnlineker) July 8, 2019
Despite his problems with the scale, the diminutive Brazilian was a fan favourite, mainly because of his aggressiveness in the octagon.
His last UFC bout was a split-decision loss to Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN+ 8 in April. His record in the octagon was 12-4-0 over approximately seven years of service starting in May 2012.
Now, Lineker joins a recent crop of former UFC fighters plying their trade overseas in Asia’s biggest promotion.