Avoiding the fate of being unable to make weight for the fourth time in his UFC career was flyweight contender John Lineker who officially weighed in at 126 for his fight this weekend at UFC 169.
Initially, he came in at 127, but after using up the extra hour allotted, UFC officials confirmed that he was able to make weight. Doing so means he does not forfeit 20% of his purse to his opponent, Ali Bagautinov, as well as he quells any immediate speculation that he might get cut by the UFC.
Regardless, Lineker will most likely not be given a title shot afterwards because he has never weighed in at the 125 pound hard cap limit required for a flyweight championship fight.
Meanwhile, both of the pound-for-pound Brazilian champions were able to make weight as well as their respective title challengers.
Main eventer and bantamweight champion, Renan Barao, weighed in on the money and will be fighting someone he has previously defeated in Urijah Faber.
In the first fight while Barao was still considered just the interim champ at the time, he succinctly blasted Faber on the feet even cracking one of Faber’s ribs to win a unanimous decision. Since that fight, Barao has been able to steamroll two other top contenders in Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland, finishing the latter with a killer spinning back-kick at UFC 165.
Faber, of course, was a fighter of the year candidate in 2013 as he had four straight wins, three by submission, to earn a well deserved sixth title shot and rematch against Barao. As very much so a company guy, Faber is taking the fight on short notice. He replaced the previous bantamweight champ, Dominick Cruz, who is still combating injuries.
The co-main event features the other member in this tandem of Brazilian studs at UFC 169. Featherweight’s leading man, Jose Aldo, looks to add to his highlight reel against Ricardo Lamas.You know him from knocking Chad Mendes out cold with a knee and then having the best post-fight celebration ever at UFC 142. You also know him from pouncing on fan favorite Chan Sung Jung while Jung was trying to pop his shoulder back into place for the brutal to watch TKO finish.
On the other hand, Lamas has only been able to fight four times in his three years in the UFC, but his last victory where he literally exploded Erik Koch‘s face may have been more violent than anything Aldo has done in recent memory.
The last big fight on the card is between heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir as both veterans look to avoid total obscurity. Overeem has been on the wrong end of two insane comeback finishes last year.
First, he was up two rounds on Antonio Silva before Silva went ham on him in the third for the KO finish. More recently, Overeem had heavyweight contender Travis Browne cowering against the fence on the verge of being finished, before Browne got a little breather and threw a ridiculous front kick to knock Overeem clean out.
His opponent, the former UFC heavyweight champ, Mir, is also looking to rebound only in his case from a three fight skid. If he loses at UFC 169 this might be last time we get to see the twenty-two UFC fight veteran in the Octagon.
The rest of the card features many UFC newcomers as well as several veterans that may need to wins to stay on the UFC roster. Middleweights Nick Catone and Tom Watson are most likely in that position. TUF welterweight Neil Magny is absolutely in that position. As likeable as he is, he must get through the rookie Gasan Umalatov.
Prelims start at 6:30 PM ET on UFC.com’s Fight Pass. The Fox Sports 1 TV prelims start at 8 PM ET. Finally, the PPV main card starts at 10 PM ET. Can’t wait.
Full weigh in results for UFC 169
Renan Barao (135) vs. Urijah Faber (134.5)
Jose Aldo (145) vs. Ricardo Lamas (144.5)
Alistair Overeem (257) vs. Frank Mir (256.5)
John Lineker (126) vs. Ali Bagautinov (126)
Jamie Varner (156) vs. Abel Trujillo (155.5)
John Makdessi (155) vs. Alan Patrick Silva Alves (155.5)
Chris Cariaso (125) vs. Danny Martinez (125.5)
Nick Catone (185.5) vs. Tom Watson (185.5)
Al Iaquinta (155) vs. Kevin Lee (155.5)
Clint Hester (185.5) vs. Andy Enz (184.5)
Tony Martin (155.5) vs. Rashid Magomedov (155)
Neil Magny (170.25) vs. Gasan Umalatov (170)