The fighter has now taken to Twitter to apologize for missing next weekends historic event:
I am sorry I wont be fighting on the upcoming jan 19th card.— John Lineker (@johnlineker) January 12, 2019
I thank ATT, family, friends and fans of “ Hands of Stone” s work. I hope to be rescheduled soon so that I can put on another show for the all my fans. pic.twitter.com/KA8BsXykz7
Lineker has yet to reveal exactly what caused him to miss UFC Fight Night Brooklyn and it is still unknown just how long the fighter is going to be out of action for.
Mario Bautista would get the opportunity to replace Lineker against Sandhagen and Bautista does so while making his UFC debut. Bautista does enter the bout as an undefeated professional MMA fighter, holding a record of 6-0-0.
UFC Fight Night Brooklyn takes place on Saturday, January 19 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.