Even if flyweight contender John Lineker puts on a spectacular performance this weekend in England at UFC Fight Night 30 against Phil Harris, it’s now unlikely to move him any closer to a title shot. Lineker has been his own worst enemy, as he has now missed the 125 pound weight limit for the third time in five tries during his UFC career. Lineker tipped the scales at 128 pounds, and instead of losing the extra two pounds, he will forfeit 25 percent of his purse. Harris has agreed to go ahead with the bout at a catchweight of 128 pounds.
Lineker is an exciting fighter, but for whatever reason, he has been unable to be on the mark when it comes to the weight issue. There is nothing more unprofessional than not being able to accomplish that, and UFC President Dana White is not one to mess with on that issue. With this being a third violation, you have to wonder whether more sanctions could be forthcoming, especially if Harris pulls off the upset against Lineker.
Lineker lost his first UFC fight against Louis Gaudinot, but has reeled off three straight victories. The Brazilian is a big puncher for the flyweight division, as he has 10 career knockouts to his credit. His last bout was a TKO of Jose Maria Tome at UFC 163. It was another instance where Lineker and the scales didn’t agree. He weighed 129 pounds for that fight and was deducted 20 percent of his purse.
The solution seems simple, either Lineker needs to move up to the 135 pound bantamweight division, or be a lot more regimented in training and diet to ensure the 125 pound limit is reached. Lineker is definitely a good candidate for some potentially entertaining fights within the flyweight division, but those opportunities could be in serious jeopardy if the organization can’t trust him to make weight.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports