A bantamweight bout has been added to the upcoming UFC 224 fight card as John Lineker vs Brian Kelleher has been added to the event.

UFC 224 will be held on May 12, 2018, at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Raphael Marinho announced the bout.


Following a submission loss to Marlon Vera at UFC on FOX 25: Weidman vs. Gastelum, Kelleher has won two straight. A TKO win over Damian Stasiak at UFC Fight Night 118 was followed most recently by the biggest win of his career, a unanimous decision win over Renan Barão at UFC on FOX 28: Emmett vs. Stephens.

Following a unanimous decision loss to current champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC 207, Lineker rebounded in his last fight, earning a unanimous decision over Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night 119.

With this announcement, UFC 224 now looks like this:

Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Raquel Pennington for the UFC women’s bantamweight title
Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida
Ronaldo Souza vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Cezar Ferreira vs. Karl Roberson
Nick Hein vs. Davi Ramos
Ramazan Emeev vs. Alberto Mina
Alexey Oleynik vs. Júnior Albini
Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Glover Teixeira
John Lineker vs Brian Kelleher