ROUNDTABLE (pt. 1 of 2): Should UFC have a “five strikes and you’re out” rule when fighters miss weight over and over, such as John Lineker

John Lineker (photo credit Bill Streicher © USA Today Sports)

TOPIC: Regardless of the fight outcome on Saturday, should John Lineker be cut from UFC after missing weight for the fifth time? Should UFC have a rule such as “five strikes and you’re out”?

ADAM TINDAL, MMATorch contributor

I don’t think John Lineker should be cut, but they should definitely just continue taking money from him until he realizes that at some point he’s going to have to make weight if he wants to do this for a living. Or alternatively they could always just opt to exclusively offer him featherweight fights only and force him out of the weight class, which is likely easier said than done.

MICHAEL HISCOE, MMATorch contributor

Had he lost, I would say absolutely yes, cut the guy. He did win the fight and looked good, so he does deserve another chance. But with that said, UFC shouldn’t put him in a position to challenge for a title or even fight a guy who could potentially challenge for a title until he proves he can make weight 2-3 times without fail. Lineker should be booked against lower level guys who he can look good against in the meantime so he doesn’t risk knocking off a contender but not being able to benefit from it by not making weight.

NICK GRINUPS, MMATorch contributor

Man, I honestly thought it was a joke when I saw on Twitter the Lineker missed weight at 135. He is only 26 years old and has looked better in every fight I have watched him in in the UFC. I think Dana White needs to warn him that if he misses weight one more time, he is going to be cut. Lineker blamed the missed weight on a bad check scale, which could be true. He is only 5-3 and one of the shortest guys in that Bantamweight Division. I hope this was a wakeup call and if he does miss weight one more time I have no problem with the UFC cutting him.

ROBERT VALLEJOS, MMATorch contributor

Cutting Lineker might be a bit extreme, but his future opportunities should be hindered. In a division crowded with contenders, Lineker should receive very little consideration. I don’t know if a “five strikes and you’re out” policy would be appropriate, but some type of long-term ramifications should be in place for serial offenders. At some point, if you cannot make weight, maybe the fighter should be illegible to participate in their targeted weight class.

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