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Old 05-09-2012, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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John Lineker was all alone in the US in his path to UFC on FOX 3

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The Brazilian John Lineker was defeated by Louis Gaudinot in the UFC last Saturday, on the United States, but the moments before the fight might have influenced his loss. Who affirms this was Alex Davis, who followed the previous days of the rooster weight fight on the United States, even though he is not the athlete’s manager.



“UFC guys were very worried because he was there all alone. I always had this policy of helping out any Brazilians, independently of who his manager is. I did everything he needed me to do for him. We helped him to train, to warm-up, we went shopping with him, so… We did everything he needed as if he was our athlete”, explains Alex.



“He couldn’t speak English, people couldn’t communicate with him… These things stressed him out, so he had to face something bigger than his opponent”, completes.



Liniker’s manager, Wallid Ismail said to the website MMA Brazil that he couldn’t go to the United States with the fighter because of visa problems, and the athlete had to cut weight all by himself and he actually didn’t make it to the division limit.



“I don’t know what happened, but it worries me a lot. We did what was right and necessary, but he had some difficulties on cutting weight because he was by himself. We had our own appointments with Rousimar”, says Alex, revealing that Lineker almost didn’t get the bonus for the best fight of the night.



“I heard that, in case he got the bonus, they wouldn’t pay him because he didn’t make it to the division limit. I thought it was unfair because of everything he’s been through, and so I talked to Joe Silva. He did a beautiful fight and they end up paying him and it was actually the first time they paid he athlete on circumstances like these”.



Lineker came back home with extra USD$ 65 thousand, and the manager celebrates.



“I’m not getting anything from it other than the satisfaction of being justice being made. He’s an excellent kid, he has an excellent coach and I’m really glad he got that money. To me it was really rewarding”, concludes.
Most be thought cutting weight all by yourself and just be there feeling lonely.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Feel bad for the guy. Sounds like a rough time. People forget he is only 22, hope he gets another crack
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm sure this will be a valuable lesson, and in the future if he travels he will be sure to hire people who can get their visa's in check before fight time.
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Didn't know Wallid Ismail became a manager. I've seen him a couple of times in the corner of Brazilian fighters so there must have been an extraordinary problem with his visa so he couldn't make it this time.

That definitely explains why Lineker didn't make weight.
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That's very bizarre...however it goes to show that this guy could use some connections in the States with some of the fighters and team there, Brazilians or not.
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