The promotion announced the pairing on Wednesday. UFC 233 takes
place at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Jan. 26 and features a
flyweight championship clash between Henry
Cejudo and T.J.
The 33-year-old Cruz hasn’t competed since losing the 135-pound
belt to Cody
Garbrandt at UFC 207 in December 2016. A broken arm forced “The
Dominator” to pull out of a proposed bout with Jimmie
Rivera at UFC 219 last year. Prior to facing Garbrandt, Cruz
had won 13 consecutive bouts dating back to March 2008.
Lineker enters the fight on a two-bout winning streak at 135
pounds. The Brazilian’s last flyweight appearance came at UFC 207,
where he dropped a three-round verdict to Dillashaw. “Hands of
Stone” is 12-3 during his tenure with the Las Vegas-based promotion