UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn, New York has taken a hit.
It has been reported that two fighters are out of their fights. Those fighters being John Lineker who is out of his fight against Cory Sandhagen. While the other being Ion Cutelaba being out of his fight against Glover Teixeira. It is a big blow to the card. Cutelaba was supposed to have his toughest test to date on the main card. While Lineker and Sandhagen were set to fight on the prelims.
Ultimately, there is no word if the UFC will be able to find replacement fighters in time given the event is just eight days away.
Obviously, it is a huge blow to Cutelaba. The 25-year-old is riding a two-fight winning streak in the UFC. He was set to take on a legend in Teixeira. There is no doubt it would be Cutelaba’s toughest fight to date, and with a win, it would put the prospect into the light heavyweight rankings, which needs fresh faces into the top-15.
Meanwhile, for Teixeira, was looking to rebound after losing to Corey Anderson in July by unanimous decision. This fight gave Teixeira a good chance to rebound and get himself back into the win column. It also could possibly start another run to the top of the rankings. In the end, Teixeira is left without of an opponent and whether or not the UFC can find him one is up in the air.
The other fighter left without an opponent is bantamweight, Cory Sandhagen. He is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. His last two fight being in the UFC. As well, he had a chance to really make a name for himself against Lineker. If he were to beat the perennial contender, Sandhagen would skyrocket into the top-10 of the rankings and show he is a true contender.
For Lineker, it is a big blow as he was looking to show the world he still is a top contender. He has two wins in a row and was supposed to fight Dominick Cruz before he got hurt. Now, Lineker will be sidelined and no one knows how long he will be out.
Brooklyn takes another blow in terms of UFC fights and now the order of the fight card may very well change.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime