The much-awaited ONE Bantamweight title fight between John Lineker and Fabricio Andrade came to an unfortunate close after a series of low blows left Lineker unable to continue. Lineker was stripped of the title after he failed to make weight. Andrade stood to become champion with a win, but it was not meant to be.

The bout was exciting for as long as it lasted. Both men traded shots with Linker looking worse for the wear after two rounds. The illegal knees came in the third round and left Lineker in agonizing pain. Shortly after that, the referee waved off the fight and declared it a no-contest.


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Fans react to the short-lived John Lineker vs. Andrade

The bantamweight clash between John Lineker and Fabricio Andrade was entertaining for as long as it lasted. Fans expected a finish with the way the fighters exchanged blows in the opening rounds. In their reactions to the fight, fans expressed disappointment at the finish and shock at the brutal low blows.

The illegal knee from Andrade was so powerful that it broke Lineker’s cup before leaving him in a world of pain.

Lineker was on the receiving end of some heavy shots and ended up with a swollen eye heading into the third round.

Several people also pointed out the rough week that former bantamweight champion John Lineker was having.

One fan thought that the foul saved Lineker from getting finished by Andrade.

Another fan expressed their amazement that people would doubt Lineker was faking injury after such an evidently devastating blow.

Owing to the unfortunate ending to an exciting bout, one fan called for a rematch between the pair.

The fight was exciting for as long as it lasted. It left the fans wanting more. Andrade was finding success on the feet, heading into the third round, but Lineker had his moments.

What’s next for the ONE Bantamweight division?


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After the unfortunate ending to Lineker vs. Andrade, the fate of the ONE Bantamweight division remains to be seen. John Lineker failed to make weight and, therefore, lost his title before the fight. Andrade was only a win away from becoming the division’s king. However, the illegal low blow in the third round halted progress for the fighters and the division.

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After watching the contest until the ending, fans have already begun calling for a rematch between the two fighters. However, it is unsure if Lineker will get an immediate shot at the title after missing weight and nearly getting finished by Andrade.


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It remains to be seen what direction the promotion will take. As of right now, the ONE bantamweight title remains vacant. What are your thoughts on the fight? How do you think the situation plays out? Would you like to see a rematch for the title? Share your thoughts in the comments below.