David Onama awaits new UFC on ESPN 39 opponent after Austin Lingo withdraws

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UFC on ESPN 39 is down a man.

Austin Lingo has withdrawn from his bout against David Onama, which was scheduled for Saturday’s card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Two people with knowledge of the lineup change informed MMA Junkie of the withdrawal but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an announcement.

The promotion currently is seeking a short-notice replacement to fight Onama (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC). It is unclear why Lingo (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) withdrew from the bout.

Onama, 28, has gathered a lot of attention despite his split two-fight stint in the UFC thus far. After he lost a thrilling, short-notice battle against Mason Jones, he violently knocked out Gabriel Benitez to notch his first UFC win.

The withdrawal marks the second straight booking Lingo has pulled out of.

The current UFC on ESPN 39 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (ESPN/ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev

  • Caio Borralho vs. Armen Petrosyan

  • Said Nurmagomedov vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade

  • Jamie Pickett vs. Denis Tiuliulin

  • Chase Sherman vs. Jared Vanderaa

  • Michael Johnson vs. Jamie Mullarkey

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN/ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Nina Nunes

  • Ricky Turcios vs. Aiemann Zahabi

  • Cortney Casey vs. Antonina Shevchenko

  • Cody Brundage vs. Tresean Gore

  • Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Karl Roberson

  • Saidyokub Kakhramonov vs. Ronnie Lawrence