John Lineker has been forced out of his upcoming matchup with Cody Garbrandt at this weekend's UFC Fight Night card in Pittsburgh after contracting Dengue fever.
Lineker revealed the news in an Instagram post on Monday while showing his medical results from Brazil.
COMUNICADO!! Galera todos sabem da epidemia de dengue em nossa cidade, embora venha tomando todos os cuidados necessrios John Lineker pegou esta bendita dengue e por as plaquetas estarem baixas no poder lutar no prximo domingo dia 21/02 A luta ser adiada e ainda no temos data! John est triste por no poder lutar que o que mais ama fazer, toda a preparao foi muito bem feita, ele viajaria amanh tera feira Agradecemos toda equipe de preparao, todos os mdicos que esto ajudando na recuperao do Lineker, todos os apoiadores muito obrigado. Pedimos desculpas os fs que estavam esperando a luta neste domingo, logo teremos uma nova data contra o mesmo oponente Cody Garbrandt. Pedimos desculpas a @cody_nolove eu sei o quanto ruim fazer toda preparao e no poder lutar, todos ns samos prejudicados, porm tem coisas que no podemos evitar! Agora precisamos aguardar para que a luta seja remarcada. Obs: Palavras de John Hand Of Stone Lineker Que se recupere logo em nome de Jesus!
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"We apologize to Cody," Lineker said as translated by MMAFighting.com. "I know how bad it is to do all the preparation and not be able to fight. It affects all of us, but there are things we can't avoid. Now we have to wait for the fight to be rescheduled."
Dengue fever is a mosquito born tropical disease that can cause fever, vomiting, muscle and joint pain as well as a nasty rash. Lineker mentioned in his post that Dengue fever has been running rampant in his home area of Brazil and despite his best efforts, he was unable to avoid getting sick, which will now force him out of the fight.
The fight with Garbrandt was a featured bout on the card as the UFC returns to Pittsburgh for the first time in five years with a show headlined by Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone taking on Alex "Cowboy" Oliveira.
According to Lineker, the fight with Garbrandt will be rebooked for a later date although the UFC hasn't even officially confirmed his withdraw or if there's a chance the Ohio native could receive a replacement opponent.
Chances are with the card set to take place this Sunday night, Garbrandt will likely get pulled as well with a very short time to potentially secure a replacement opponent.