John Lineker

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John Lineker
Born (1990-01-01) January 1, 1990 (age 24)
Paranaguá, Paraná, Brazil
Other names Mão-de-Pedra (Hands of Stone)
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 2 in (157 cm)
Weight 126 lb (57 kg; 9 st 0 lb)
Division Flyweight
Bantamweight
Reach 67.0 in (170 cm)[1]
Team EMPORIUM
American Top Team
Rank Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2008–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 31
Wins 24
By knockout 12
By submission 3
By decision 8
By disqualification 1
Losses 7
By knockout 0
By submission 3
By decision 4
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

John Lineker dos Santos de Paula (born January 1, 1990) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. John Lineker is named after English football striker Gary Lineker. He is the former Jungle Fight Bantamweight Champion. As of July 22, 2014, he is #7 in official UFC flyweight rankings[2] and the #7 flyweight in the world at Sherdog.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lineker competed in various promotions in his native Brazil, including Samurai FC, Shooto Americas, and Jungle Fight. He is the former Jungle Fight Bantamweight Champion and Nitrix Fights 2011 Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion.

Lineker made his professional MMA debut in September 2008. Originally he fought in the lightweight and featherweight divisions, outside of his natural weight class. He competed 11 times in the first 15 months of his career, resulting in a lackluster record of 6 wins and 5 losses.

Beginning in 2010, Lineker moved down in weight classes to the bantamweight and flyweight divisions. After that move, he was undefeated in the 13 bouts prior to his UFC debut.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In December 2011, it was announced that Lineker had signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to compete in their new flyweight division.[4]

Lineker made his UFC debut against Louis Gaudinot at UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller on May 5, 2012.[5] The bout was contested at a catchweight of 127 lb, as Lineker missed weight. Gaudinot defeated Lineker via technical submission (guillotine choke) in the 2nd round after an action-packed, back-and-forth first two rounds. Both participants earned Fight of the Night honors for their performances.

Lineker was expected to face Yasuhiro Urushitani on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.[6] However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Lineker/Urushitani was rescheduled and took place on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6.[7] In a competitive three rounds, Lineker's power was the difference in the fight as he edged Urushitani via unanimous decision.

For his third UFC fight, Lineker faced Azamat Gashimov on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[8] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Lineker was expected to face Phil Harris on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163.[9] However, Harris was forced out of the bout and Lineker instead faced promotional newcomer José Maria.[10] Lineker missed the 126 pound weight allowance for a Flyweight fight, weighing in at 129 pounds. As a result, he surrendered 20 percent of his purse to his opponent and the bout was changed to a 129 pound catchweight affair.[11] After a back-and-forth first round, Lineker won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Following that victory, Lineker was once again scheduled to face off against Phil Harris on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30, and he won the fight by TKO.[12] Lineker missed weight for the third time in his UFC career, causing his camp to re-assess his weight class.

Lineker faced Ali Bagautinov on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169. Lineker again missed weight on his first attempt. He was allowed one hour to make the weight and succeeded after 45 minutes.[13] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Lineker faced Alptekin Özkiliç on July 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 45.[14] He won the fight via KO due to punches in the third round. The win also garnered Lineker his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[15]

Lineker is expected to face Ian McCall on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 56.[16]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 24–7 Alptekin Ozkilic TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller July 16, 2014 3 4:51 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Fight of the Night
Loss 23–7 Ali Bagautinov Decision (unanimous) UFC 169 February 1, 2014 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 23–6 Phil Harris TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz October 26, 2013 1 2:51 Manchester, England 128 lbs catchweight bout; Lineker missed weight
Win 22–6 José Maria Tomé TKO (punches) UFC 163 August 3, 2013 2 1:03 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 129 lbs catchweight bout; Lineker missed weight
Win 21–6 Azamat Gashimov TKO (punches) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold May 18, 2013 2 1:07 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Win 20–6 Yasuhiro Urushitani Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le November 10, 2012 3 5:00 Macau, SAR, China
Loss 19–6 Louis Gaudinot Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 2 4:54 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States 127 lbs catchweight bout; Lineker missed weight; Fight of the Night
Win 19–5 Iliarde Santos Decision (split) Jungle Fight 32 September 10, 2011 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil Won Jungle Fight Bantamweight Championship
Win 18–5 Francisco Nazareno TKO (punches) Jungle Fight 30 July 30, 2011 3 0:36 Belém, Brazil
Win 17–5 Luiz Carlos Neves KO (punch) Jungle Fight 28 May 21, 2011 1 1:18 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 16–5 Renato Velame Submission (rear-naked choke) Jungle Fight 27 April 21, 2011 1 2:58 Brasília, Brazil
Win 15–5 Saulo Martins TKO (punches) Shooto - Brazil 22 April 1, 2011 1 3:30 Brasília, Brazil
Win 14–5 Diego D'Avila Decision (unanimous) Nitrix - Champion Fight 6 February 19, 2011 3 5:00 Brusque, Brazil Won Nitrix Fights Bantamweight Grand Prix
Win 13–5 Alessandro Cordeiro TKO (punches) Nitrix - Champion Fight 6 February 19, 2011 1 3:44 Brusque, Brazil Nitrix Fights Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal
Win 12–5 Felipe Alves Submission (rear-naked choke) Gladiators Fighting Championship 2 October 16, 2010 2 2:05 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 11–5 Alvino Jose Torres Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto - Brazil 18 September 17, 2010 2 N/A Brasília, Brazil
Win 10–5 Jetron Azevedo Decision (unanimous) Gladiators Fighting Championship 1 May 8, 2010 3 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 9–5 Israel Silva Decision (unanimous) K.O. - Fight 3 April 10, 2010 3 5:00 Apucarana, Brazil
Win 8–5 Larry Vargas DQ (punches after the bell) Full Heroes Battle 2 February 5, 2010 2 5:00 Paranaguá, Brazil
Win 7–5 Cica Cica Decision (unanimous) Full Heroes Battle 2 February 5, 2010 3 5:00 Paranaguá, Brazil
Loss 6–5 Rafael Silva Decision (unanimous) Warrior's Challenge 4 December 30, 2009 3 5:00 Porto Belo, Brazil
Win 6–4 Wagner Campos TKO (punches) Brazilian Fight League 5 December 19, 2009 2 N/A Curitiba, Brazil
Loss 5–4 Andre Luis Decision (unanimous) Samurai FC - Samurai Fight Combat September 12, 2009 3 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Loss 5–3 Erick Carlos Silva Decision (unanimous) Blackout FC 3 September 5, 2009 3 5:00 Balneário Camboriú, Brazil
Loss 5–2 Felipe Arantes Submission (armbar) Paranagua Fight 5 August 7, 2009 1 1:12 Paranaguá, Brazil
Win 5–1 Marcio Sapo Decision (unanimous) Nitrix - Show Fight 2 May 16, 2009 3 5:00 Joinville, Brazil
Win 4–1 Alexandre Chatuba TKO (punches) VIP - Stage 3 May 2, 2009 2 N/A Joinville, Brazil
Loss 3–1 Nelson Velasques Submission (rear-naked choke) Golden Fighters 1 April 18, 2009 1 4:02 Novo Hamburgo, Brazil
Win 3–0 Claudinei Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) Floripa Fight 5 March 7, 2009 3 5:00 Florianópolis, Brazil
Win 2–0 Heriton Alves KO (punches) Paranagua Fight 3 November 11, 2008 1 N/A Paranaguá, Brazil
Win 1–0 Mauricio Alves TKO (punches) Paranagua Fight 2 September 5, 2008 2 1:25 Paranaguá, Brazil

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Cerrone vs. Miller". UFC.com. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". Sherdog.com. 
  4. ^ "Jungle Fight Bantamweight Champion John Lineker signed by the UFC, set to compete at flyweight". mmamania.com. May 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "UFC on FOX 3 adds flyweights Louis Gaudinot vs. newcomer John Lineker". mmajunkie.com. February 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Cruz, Guilherme (July 17, 2012). "John Lineker meets Yasuhiro Urushitani at UFC 151". tatame.com. 
  7. ^ "Urushitani-Lineker move from UFC 151 to UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau". mmajunkie.com. August 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov planned for UFC on FX 8". MMAjunkie.com. February 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ "UFC 163 adds flyweights John Lineker-Phil Harris". MMAjunkie.com. June 8, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ Staff (2013-07-18). "Jose Maria Tome replaces Phil Harris, meets John Lineker at UFC 163". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  11. ^ Staff (2013-08-02). "UFC 163 weigh-in results". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  12. ^ "UFC Manchester 2013: Harris vs. Lineker". YourMMA.tv. August 9, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "UFC 169 official weigh-in results: Lineker makes weight on second attempt (Updated)". mmajunkie.com. 2014-01-31. 
  14. ^ Staff (2014-05-02). "John Lineker vs. Alptekin Ozkilic added to UFC Fight Night 45 in New Jersey". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  15. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-06-08). "UFC Fight Night 45 bonuses: Cerrone, Lineker among $50,000 award winners". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  16. ^ Staff (2014-09-04). "John Lineker meets Ian McCall at UFC Fight Night 56 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-04.