It’s been a rough couple of days for Jan. 19's UFC on ESPN+ fight card in Brooklyn.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that both John Lineker and Ion Cutelaba were forced out of their respective fights against Cory Sandhagen and Glover Teixeira next Saturday due to injuries. On just eight days’ notice, the UFC began to search for replacements.
Luckily for Lineker’s fight night opponent, Sandhagen, a UFC newcomer stepped up to the plate.
Mario Bautista (6-0), a 25-year-old MMA Lab product, is taking Lineker's place, multiple sources tell FloCombat. The undefeated bantamweight most recently competed at Combate 24, defeating Juan Pablo Gonzalez by unanimous decision.
As for a replacement for Cutelaba, FloCombat learned Friday evening “Baby K” Karl Roberson will be stepping in to fight Teixeira.
If there is one thing we’ve learned as fight fans, it’s that the MMA gods giveth and the MMA gods taketh away.
Also on Friday night, FloCombat confirmed the UFC Brooklyn curtain-jerker between Randy Brown and Chance Rencountre had been cancelled, with Brown being forced to pull out of the fight for unknown reasons.
It is still unknown at this time whether or not Rencountre will remain on the card, although sources tell FloCombat the plan is for him to fight Saturday night in New York.
Stay tuned to FloCombat for all of the latest news, announcements and updates regarding UFC Brooklyn.