Former UFC flyweight John Lineker will be fighting in the bantamweight division tonight at UFC 191, against Francisco Rivera.
The fighter is making a return to the division he won the Jungle Fight title at and is feeling a lot better at 135 ahead of his fight.
Lineker managed to miss weight at flyweight four times in a 6-2 run in the UFC, which is the main reason he’s now moving up. Lineker has won six of his last seven fights despite the weight issue and now looks to carry that momentum into a new division.
Here’s what he told MMAFighting about the move back up to 135:
“It’s basically the same strong preparation I did when I was fighting at flyweight, but now I train with heavier sparring partners to adapt to this division. I’m feeling way better now, training at 145 pounds. I train better at this weight, and I can easily cut to 135. I’ll fight at my best, and I will perform better in the fight.”
“I fight better when I’m fighting taller opponents. I’m used to fighting taller opponents, so that’s not an issue for me. I adapt better to this type of fight.”
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