John Lineker, a bantamweight who competed 16 times under the company’s banner since 2012, was released from the promotion. Multiple sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting following a report by MMAjunkie.
It’s still unclear why “Hands of Stone” was let go from the company.
Lineker (31-9) was recently slated to rematch Rob Font at UFC Greenville on June 22, but pulled out of contest hours before the official weigh-in after allegedly suffering a facial cut while losing weight.
The Brazilian brawler was booked in that fight days after going on social media with a strong message to the UFC, tweeting “I need to fight” and “if you don’t like me or my style just let me go”.
The American Top Team product started his UFC career as a flyweight, going 6-2 in the 125-pound division with a notable win over Ian McCall and multiple weight misses.
After moving up to bantamweight, Lineker won six out of eight with victories against the likes of John Dodson, Michael McDonald, Marlon Vera and Brian Kelleher. Lineker’s only losses at 135 pounds came in decisions to T.J. DIllashaw and Cory Sandhagen.