Joining the recent Russian invasion of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, which includes Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rustam Khabilov and Adlan Amagov, Bagautinov looks to add to his highly-impressive 10-fight win streak.
Bagautinov -- along with Amagov and Khabilov -- trains out of Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., and is coming off an impressive upset victory over Tim Elliott at UFC 167. Prior to that, "Puncher King" defeated Marcos Vinicius via third round knockout at UFC Fight Night 28 in his Octagon debut.
Lineker, on the other, hand, has enjoyed much success during his UFC career, riding a four-fight win streak that includes three straight technical technical knockout victories over Phil Harris, Jose Maria Tome and Azamat Gashimov.
The man they call "Hands of Stone," however, has had trouble keeping his weight in check, coming in heavy in his previous two fights, an issue that has prevented him for getting a shot at the division strap.
He'll have a chance to make things right and inch himself further to the top of the division rankings if he manages to snaps Bagautinov's 10-fight win streak, and perhaps equally as important, make the 125-pound limit.
UFC 169 will be headlined by a much-anticipated title unification fight between current UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz taking on interim title holder, Renan Barao. In the co-main event, UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo takes on Ricardo Lamas, while Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir battle it out in Heavyweight action.
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