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John Lineker done with flyweight: 'I'm never going back to 125'

John Lineker doesn't want to through the struggle of cutting weight anymore. Feels at home at bantamweight.

John Lineker
John Lineker
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After so many mishaps with the scale, John Lineker will finally have his first UFC bantamweight bout this Saturday against Francisco Rivera. And as far he is concerned, it'll be the first of many, as he has expressed no interest in going back to the flyweight division. Besides, he believes he could benefit from it.

"This is my original weight class. I only joined Flyweight because it was an opportunity I couldn't miss." Lineker told Ag Fight. "But now I'm back. I want to focus on the new goal, I want to win and be the champion. I'm never going back to 125 pounds. I suffer too much. My power will increase because I will be heavier and stronger. My opponents will be heavier, but I'm used to that. I'm home."

Already thinking about a possible title shot, Lineker feels like T.J. Dillashaw is not too big for the weight class, though he is impressed by his skills.

"I had never seen him in person before. He's not that tall for 135. I think I'm in the average size, so I'm relaxed. What impresses me is the way he fights.  He's really good. If he remains the champion, I will certainly face him in the future."

But before dreaming of title aspirations, John Lineker will be on the preliminary portion of UFC 191, where he will face Francisco Rivera, on September 5, in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by the rematch for the flyweight title between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson.

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