3 Times John Lineker Showcased His Immense Power Inside the ONE Circle

Published 02/23/2023, 6:06 AM EST

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Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion John “Hands of Stone” Lineker might be the hardest pound-for-pound puncher on the planet. On Friday, February 24, at ONE Fight Night 7 on Prime Video, the knockout artist will have the chance to regain the bantamweight crown when he takes on bitter rival Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade in a highly anticipated main event rematch. 

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Before he returns to Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, aiming to add another sensational knockout to his ledger, we look back at three times the Brazilian striking machine showcased his immense, fight-ending power.

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#1 John Lineker vs. Kevin Belingon

The 32-year-old’s world-renowned punching was on full display in his second ONE Championship bout – a high-stakes showdown against former bantamweight king Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon in November 2020. 

 

Lineker bravely went toe-to-toe with the dangerous Filipino striker for as long as the fight lasted, blasting him with huge, looping punches on both the lead and counter. 

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 The finish came early in the second frame. As the Brazilian stalked Belingon along the Circle wall, he unloaded a barrage of rib-snapping body shots, crumbling the former champion to the canvas to secure the first knockout of his ONE tenure.

#2 John Lineker vs. Troy Worthen 

Next, in April 2021, “Hands of Stone” added to his lengthy highlight reel when he decimated talented American wrestler Troy “Pretty Boy” Worthen. Loaded with confidence and complete faith in his concussive punching power, Lineker marched forward behind dozens of soul-crunching body shots, forcing his opponent on the defensive from the opening bell. 

 

With less than a minute remaining in the first round, Lineker found a home for a missile of a counter right hand to drop Worthen like a sack of potatoes and earn his second finish inside the Circle. With that devastating knockout, the Brazilian brawler sent a terrifying message to the rest of the bantamweight division.

#3 John Lineker vs. Bibiano Fernandes 

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Riding two spectacular knockouts, Lineker next took on longtime bantamweight king Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes in an all-Brazilian World Title bout.

In what was perhaps the finest performance of his illustrious career, Lineker captured the golden belt and scored one of the most memorable knockouts in the history of ONE.

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After several stints on the ground through the first round and a half, Lineker etched his name in the history books with a thunderous left hook to the champion’s jaw, immediately separating him from consciousness.

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Souvik Roy is currently a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. An avid UFC follower, Souvik combined his love for the sport and his passion for words to turn his interest into his Livelihood. A Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering, Souvik has worked as a Freelance Link Builder and Content Writer previously and wrote for various clients and businesses.
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