John Lineker's Wife Details Infection That Caused UFC 219 Removal

For FloCombat via A.G Fight

John Lineker was scheduled to fight Jimmie Rivera at Saturday’s UFC 219 in Las Vegas, but a tooth infection forced “Hands of Stone” to withdraw from the anticipated bantamweight bout. The Brazilian, who had already touched down in “Sin City” for the event, had to go through a litany of medical examinations before the promotion decided to take him off the card.

Jacklyne Andrioli, Lineker’s wife, explained the bantamweight contender first experienced problems three weeks before he was scheduled to take off for Vegas but decided to keep on training, which worsened the symptoms.

"He went to Las Vegas anyway but he had to go through the UFC’s doctors, through the UFC’s dentists, who are pretty strict," Andrioli said. “Then, the examinations were made and this infection was diagnosed at the roots of a wisdom tooth. At that point, they gave him stronger medications and took him out of the fight. 

"He's very sad about it. We returned to Brazil today [Wednesday, December 27] in the morning and we went straight to a doctor in Curitiba, where they cleaned the infection.”

Despite having to have emergency surgery performed on him, Lineker hopes to be able to resume training in around 20 days. Andrioli explained that her husband will need to rest completely for three days and maintain a strict diet because of the surgery. She also revealed that in case he doesn’t follow the medical recommendations, he may end up suffering another infection.

"Now he is going to stay for three days in absolute rest," Andrioli said. "He must stay on a liquid diet for a while until the stitches are removed on January 8th. Until then, he’ll have to be very careful because the doctor told me that the infection can return very easily. But it's going to go well, and he should be able to return to practice in 15 to 20 days.”

Lineker was last seen in the Octagon in October at UFC Sao Paulo. Coming back from an extended injury layoff, the Brazilian defeated Marlon Vera by unanimous decision. Jimmie Rivera, who was originally supposed to fight Dominick Cruz at UFC 219, was scratched from the event altogether after multiple potential replacement opponents fell through.

Valor Fights 51 Full Preview, How To Watch On FloCombat

Undefeated Cole Ferrell On Valor Fights 51, Contender Series Offer

This Saturday, July 21, one of the finest promotions in the southern United States, Valor Fights, returns for its 51st event—and it is stacked. 

Watch Gilbert Burns, Wilson Reis, Herbert Burns In Action At Fight 2 Win 81

Fighter vs. Writer: Gilbert Burns Pretzels FloCombat, Smiles Entire Time

Saturday is flat out loaded here on FloSports. 

Mark Hunt vs. Aleksei Oleinik To Headline UFC Fight Night 136 In Moscow

The UFC's inaugural trip to Moscow has its main event, as heavyweights Mark Hunt and Aleksei Oleinik will collide in Russia Sept. 15. 

Dear UFC: Sign 9-1 Roufusport Bantamweight Raufeon Stots

Dear UFC: You should take a long, close look at Raufeon Stots.

Top Turtle MMA: Ken Shamrock Interview, Top 5 Ground-And-Pound Artists

On this week's episode of the Top Turtle MMA Podcast on FloCombat, "Shockwave" Dave sits down with a living MMA legend. 

Merab Dvalishvili vs. Terrion Ware Set For UFC Fight Night 136 In Moscow

The UFC’s Sept. 15 debut in Moscow is shaping up to be a good one, filled with talent from eastern Europe and beyond.

MMA Pro League Announces Multi-Event Streaming Deal With FloSports

The newest entity in MMA, MMA Pro League, has secured a multi-fight deal with FloSports to exclusively stream all MMA Pro League action live on their worldwide combat sports site, FloCombat.com.

Daniel Cormier: Brock Lesnar Is Getting 'Punished' With Title Shot

Despite popular belief, Daniel Cormier doesn't see Brock Lesnar receiving an automatic title shot in his return to the UFC as preferential treatment.

Shamrock FC 307 Full Preview, How To Watch On FloCombat

Saturday, July 14, marks the 20th anniversary show for Missouri’s top fight promotion, as Shamrock FC returns for its staggering 307th installment, bringing top fighters from the region live to the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles.

Belal Muhammad vs. Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos In The Works For UFC Sao Paulo

The UFC’s September return to São Paulo is starting to take shape.