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John Lineker and Ion Cutelaba have been forced off of next week’s UFC on ESPN+ 1 fight card. Now the promotion must scramble to find suitable replacements.

According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, both Lineker and Cutelaba have been forced out of their perspective contests against Cory Sandhagen and Glover Teixeira.

A new year is already bringing familiar for the matchmaking department. It will prove to be a tall task to find available fighters on just nine days’ notice.

Although this is a tough blow for the debut card on ESPN, the fight card still remains loaded with intriguing contests. The night will culminate with a champion vs. champion bout between Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw for the flyweight title.

Mike Straus @AKAstraus21 is a credentialed MMA journalist and a member of the MMAJA. He has been a fan of the sport since its inception and has been covering the sport professionally for three years. In the past, he has produced content for Fansided's Cagepages, mma-media.com, and Combatpress.com. He currently contributes for MyMMANews.com, he is a staff writer for Cagesidepress.com, and LowKickMMA.com. He most recently began writing for BJPenn.com.