John Lineker has put himself on a lot of folk’s ‘must see’ lists, due to his attacking style, and “Hands of Stone” doesn’t have any plans to change his approach.
The bantamweight is booked to fight Rob Font later today at UFC 198, which will be Lineker’s 10th bout with the promotion. Since the Brazilian arrived in the UFC back in 2012, Lineker has put together an impressive 7-2 record. The 25 year-old has scored finishes in five of his seven wins, and that includes his ridiculously entertaining, submission victory over Francisco Rivera in September.
Recently Linker spoke to MMA Junkie.com, and while doing so, he had this to say about the brawling style that’s made him a fan favorite.
“That’s how I fight,” Lineker said. “I love to exchange openly. I enjoy putting myself at risk and feeling the adrenaline. I can’t change that. It comes from the inside. It’s my instinct. So my opponents should always expect to face me that way – aggressively. Just like when Francisco Rivera came after me, if someone else tries it, the same thing will happen. It’s what I like doing and what I do best.”
Of course, when you have very heavy hands and a solid chin like Lineker, fighting this way’s going to lead to a lot of memorable victories. You have to wonder, however, if it’s sustainable in the long term, particularly if Lineker continues to work his way up the 135 ranks. Watching the ride is going to be pretty, pretty interesting, no question. Lineker is currently ranked #12.
UFC 198 will go down at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. In the main event, heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum will take on Stipe Miocic. In the co-headliner, Vitor Belfort will throw down with fellow middleweight contender, “Jacare” Souza.
Tonight’s going to be crazy.