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Is John Lineker’s Performance At Fight Night 45 Enough To Take Chris Cariaso’s Title Fight At UFC 177?

Andrew Ravens

John Lineker

With a strong victory at UFC Fight Night 45 over Alptekin Ozkilic, John Lineker is now a strong contender for the flyweight title. There has been some speculation that John Lineker would be taking Chris Cariaso’s title shot against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 177. However, UFC representative Dave Sholler says that will not be the case whatsoever.

“That’s the fight – Cariaso has the fight. But I’ll tell you what: Lineker looked incredible tonight. John’s biggest battle hasn’t so much been the guys in the octagon. It’s been the scale, and he went out there and made weight easy.”

UFC Fight Night 45 took place from Atlantic City, New Jersey at the Revel Casino with Donald Cerrone defeating Jim Miller in the main event with a sick head kick and in the co-main event, Edson Barboza finished Evan Dunham with a flick kick to the body of Dunham to earn his fourth kick finish of his career.

“He’s right there,” Sholler said. “You talk about (UFC Fight Night 46) later this weekend with (Brad) Pickett and (Ian) McCall, and now (Lineker) is in the mix. That division got really, really interesting tonight.”

John Lineker has 12 knockouts, 3 submissions and 8 decision wins in his MMA career. He has never been knocked out, but submitted 3 times. He has been in the UFC since 2012, but lost in his debut against Louis Gaudinot via Guillotine Choke. He went on a four fight winning streak over fighters: Yasuhiro Urushitani, Azamat Gashimov, Jose Maria Tome and Phil Harris. However, he lost in February of this year against Ali Bagautinov via Unanimous Decision.

UFC 177 takes place Aug. 30 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Its headliner is a rematch from UFC 173 in May between new bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw against ex-champ Renan Barao. The event will air on Fight Pass, Fox Sports 1 and PPV.

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