John Lineker gets wish, steps in to fight Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219

Jimmie Rivera has a replacement foe, and John Lineker has the fight he wants.The bout between top-10 bantamweights has been set for UFC 219, which takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view. ESPN.com cited UFC officials in reporting the booking.Rivera, No. 5 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, originally was slated to face Dominick Cruz before the ex-champion was forced to withdraw because of injury. But now Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) gets No. 8 Lineker(30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) instead.After losing his second MMA fight in November 2008, Rivera has rattled off 20 consecutive wins, including five in the UFC. Hes coming off aunanimous decision over Thomas Almeidaat UFC on FOX 25 in July.Lineker ended a 10-month layoff last month with aunanimous-decision winover Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night 119. The victory put Lineker back on track after a loss to champ T.J. Dillashaw ended a six-fight streak.Lineker said just days after his win that he’d be on stand-by for the Cruz-Rivera fight and now gets his wish.
With the addition, the latest UFC 219 card includes:
  • Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm for womens featherweight title
  • Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • John Lineker vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
  • Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
  • Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rick Glenn vs. Myles Jury
  • Emil Meek vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Dan Hooker
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