UFC on ESPN 39 is down a man.
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