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John Lineker says he gets ‘sour taste’ every time Demetrious Johnson fights

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UFC 207 Media Day
John Lineker has offered to replace Dominick Cruz or Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219.
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SAO PAULO, Brazil — It seems that John Lineker hasn’t forgotten Demetrious Johnson yet.

The heavy-hitter Brazilian scored another win as a bantamweight at UFC Sao Paulo, defeating Marlon Vera via unanimous decision Saturday night, and said that he would love to take a superfight with the flyweight kingpin at 135 pounds.

“A superfight with him would be cool,” Lineker said after the win. “I believe that it would be better at this weight. I feel stronger and can prepare 100 percent. It was bad at 125, I was weaker and didn’t have a good performance in training. It would definitely be an incredible fight.”

Lineker had a good run at flyweight, but had trouble making weight on several occasions before the UFC told him to move up to bantamweight. The Brazilian, who always said he would be the one to dethrone “Mighty Mouse,” says he still thinks about him.

“Every time he fights I get that sour taste that I could have fought him and become flyweight champion,” he said. “If I had the chance to fight him it would be an incredible fight, for sure. I’d give him a lot of work."

With a Lineker-Johnson clash at bantamweight unlikely for his next move, the Brazilian once again set his sights on a potential bout with Bryan Caraway, who meets Luke Sanders on Dec. 9.

“I told him that I’d fight him tomorrow, but he wanted to choose a date,” Lineker said. “I told him I was ready to fight him in Brazil, but he was picking dates. I’m a fighter and I’ll fight whoever the UFC puts in front of me. He chickened out, not me."

“I'm ready, Bryan,” he continued. “If you want it, I’m here. Book this fight and we’re going to fight."

The third scenario for Lineker, he says, could be at UFC 219, as he offered to stand by and replace either Dominick Cruz or Jimmie Rivera in case one of them pull out of their planned UFC 219 bout on Dec. 30.

“I have my eyes on that fight,” Lineker said. “If one of them pulls out, I’m here, standing by, just waiting. I’ll be waiting.”