For people who predicted that John Lineker wouldn’t be the same devastating force in the bantamweight division, as he was at flyweight, well, so far that theory isn’t panning out.
On Wednesday night, Lineker faced his toughest test to date at 135 pounds, Michael McDonald, and took the contender out in the opening round. The win was Lineker’s fifth in a row, and the heavy handed fighter’s third at bantamweight.
It wasn’t long ago when Lineker was viewed as a legit contender at 125. But due to his repeated issues cutting weight, the Brazilian elected to jump up a division. At the time, some wondered whether “Hands of Stone” would be as dangerous, fighting bigger and taller men.
Well, following his emphatic win at UFC FN 91, Lineker had this to say about his new weight class, and his power (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“In the 125 division, I was always the strongest hitter,” Lineker said. “Now I’m stronger in this division. For sure, I’m going to put a lot of other bodies out.”
Now sure, it remains to be seen whether Lineker can get by other top contenders, like the TJ Dillashaws, Uriah Fabers, or even the champ, Dominick Cruz. But it’s going to be very fun watching him try.
Lineker has gone 9-2 to date in the UFC. Not too shabby huh? Prior to UFC FN 91 he was ranked #8 at 135. McDonald was #5.