The UFC’s first event in its ESPN broadcast era is undergoing some late changes about a week before the card.
Ion Cutelaba (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is out of his light heavyweight fight against former title challenger Glover Teixeira (27-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at UFC on ESPN+ 1. That bout was set to open the main card. UFC officials removed Cutelaba from the official bout order.
In addition, bantamweight John Lineker (31-8 MMA, 12-3 UFC) is out of his fight against Cory Sandhagen (9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), according to a report from AGFight.com, though UFC officials have not made a formal announcement of that change.
UFC on ESPN+ 1 takes place Jan. 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card streams on ESPN+ following four prelims on the standard ESPN cable network and early prelims on ESPN+.
Cutelaba has won three of his past four fights and two in a row. After a loss to Jared Cannonier, Cutelaba had a 22-second knockout of Henrique da Silva in 2017 and a first-round TKO of Gadzhimurad Antigulov in 2018 that he was going to try to build on.
Former title challenger Teixeira is on an up-and-down run his past six fights. He was looking to rebound from a decision loss to Corey Anderson this past July in Germany. Prior to that, he had a TKO win over Misha Cirkunov in December 2017. Teixeira was supposed to fight Jimi Manuwa in September, but an injury knocked him out of the fight. It remains to be seen if he’ll stay on the card against a new opponent.
Lineker is 8-1 in his past nine appearances, with the lone loss in that run coming to current UFC bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw. The nature of his injury is not known. Sandhagen made his UFC debut a year ago and picked up a win over Austin Arnett in a featherweight fight. He then dropped to bantamweight and picked up a “Fight of the Night” bonus in a wild back-and-forth victory over Iuri Alcantara. It is not known if he’ll get a new opponent to stay on the card.
The UFC on ESPN+ 1 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for flyweight title
Allen Crowder vs. Greg Hardy
Gregor Gillespie vs. Yancy Medeiros
Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz
Rachael Ostovich vs. Paige VanZant
Glover Teixeira vs. TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)
Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez
Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski
Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira
Cory Sandhagen vs. TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (6:30 p.m. ET)
Dennis Bermudez vs. Te Edwards
Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal
Randy Brown vs. Chance Rencountre
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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