John Lineker has gone on a rant aimed in particular at UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby due to his struggles to get fights booked in the promotion in recent years, despite being ranked in the division’s top 10.
“My last opponent fought 4 times in a year,” Lineker wrote on Twitter. “He already has another fight! Sean likes him! I have fought only 4 times since 2016! I need to fight! If you dont like me or my style just let me go!!! @MMAjunkie @seanshelby @danawhite @Alexdavismma @ufc @MMAFighting @sherdogdotcom
Lineker later spoke to MMAjunkie about the situation and continued to express his frustration with regards to getting fights as frequently as he would like them.
“I’ve fought four times since 2016,” Lineker told MMAjunkie. “I have five kids. I need to pay my bills. I cannot survive like this.
“I don’t know if it’s something personal against me. If it is, just tell me and let me go, because I have to fight. I have to move on. It’s my career. It’s my life. I can’t be stuck this way.”
It would be somewhat surprising if Lineker really is being overlooked or would be allowed to walk away from the UFC as he’s been a stalwart in the division for many years and at 28-years-old still has plenty to offer.