A flyweight fight between John Lineker and Ian McCall has now been re-booked for UFC 183 in Las Vegas on January 31st.
This potential No.1 contender match-up had originally been scheduled to take place at UFC Fight Night 56 in Brazil earlier this month, but despite attending the weigh-ins and successfully making weight, McCall was then forced to pull out on the day of the fight due to an infection that left him to ill to compete.
Lineker has won five of his past six fights, including a ‘Fight Of The Night’ performance against Alptekin Özkılıçin in his last outing in July which ended with a third round TKO victory and leaves him placed at No.7 in the official 125lb rankings.
On paper McCall’s run in the UFC doesn’t look as impressive, going 2-2-1, but two of those fights came against current dominant champion Demetrious Johnson, taking him to a draw in their first encounter before losing out by unanimous decision in the rematch.
He’s currently two fights unbeaten though against Iliarde Santos and Brad Pickett and finds himself almost within reach of another title opportunity at No.3 in the divisional rankings.
Lineker and McCall what’s likely to be one of the biggest pay-per-view events of 2015 in the shape of UFC 183 which will be headlined by a ‘superfight’ between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz, while the main card is also set to feature Tyron Woodley Vs Kelvin Gastelum, Miesha Tate Vs Sara McMann and Tim Boetsch Vs Thales Leites.
Lineker Vs McCall may take the final slot on the PPV card, or if not will surely end up as the featured prelim.