John Lineker Discusses UFC Run, Move to ONE Championship
By FCF Staff
After being released by the UFC earlier this year, which concluded a 16 fight run with the promotion, John Lineker says he’s thankful for the time he spent with the organization.
Lineker’s seven year stint with the UFC ended this past July, when he was released by the organization, after he withdraw from a bout with Rob Font. The heavy-handed fighter was signed by ONE Championship and Lineker will make his promotional debut on October 25th against Muin Gafurov.
While talking to MMA Junkie recently about his upcoming ONE debut, and his time with the UFC, Lineker said this:
“Without a doubt, the UFC was a dream come true for me, to be fighting in the world’s biggest promotion,” Lineker said. “I gained a lot of experience in various aspects. I was able to grow as a fighter, as a professional. I had great battles.
“I’m very thankful for the seven years I spent there. Those years completely changed my life. They made me who I am today: John ‘Hands of Stone’ Lineker. I’m an aggressive fighter. Most opponents fear my hands. It was a great and satisfying life experience.”
“…I’m very happy to have signed up with ONE,” Lineker said. “They keep growing. It’s the top organization in Asia. They’re coming on strong. I’m happy with my new home at ONE. I’m looking forward to putting in the work.”
The 29-year-old Lineker (31-9) is coming off a split decision loss to Cory Sandhagen in April. Prior to that, in May, 2018, he knocked out Brian Kelleher.