|Born||June 12, 1990|
Paranaguá, Paraná, Brazil
|Other names||Mão-de-Pedra (Stonehands)|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Paranagua, Parana, Brazil|
American Top Team
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2008–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
John Lineker dos Santos de Paula (born June 12, 1990) known professionally as John Lineker, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2008, he is the former Jungle Fight Bantamweight Champion. Lineker is known for his aggressive fighting style, punching power and durability. As of July 26, 2018, he is #6 in the official UFC Bantamweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
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
In December 2011, it was announced that Lineker had signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to compete in their new flyweight division.
Lineker made his UFC debut against Louis Gaudinot at UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller on May 5, 2012. 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. However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Lineker/Urushitani was rescheduled and took place on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6. In a competitive three rounds, Lineker's power was the difference in the fight as he edged Urushitani via unanimous decision.
Lineker was expected to face Phil Harris on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163. However, Harris was forced out of the bout and Lineker instead faced promotional newcomer José Maria. 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. 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. 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. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Lineker faced Alptekin Özkiliç on July 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 45. 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.
Lineker was expected to face Ian McCall on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 56 as the co-main event. However, just hours after both fighters had successfully made weight, it was announced that Mccall had been pulled from the event due to a blood infection. The bout was scrapped from the event entirely.
The bout with McCall eventually took place on January 31, 2015 at UFC 183. At the weigh in, Lineker again failed to make the flyweight weight limit. He was over by four pounds and was subsequently fined 30% of this purse. Because of the repeated failed weigh ins, he was forced to move up to the Bantamweight division (135lb). He won the bout by unanimous decision.
Making his Bantamweight return, Lineker faced Francisco Rivera in a bantamweight bout on September 5, 2015 at UFC 191. He won the fight via submission in the first round. The wild slugfest earned both participants, Fight of the Night honors.
Lineker was expected to face Cody Garbrandt on February 21, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 83. However, Lineker pulled out of the fight during the week leading up to the event citing illness and was replaced by Augusto Mendes.
Lineker faced John Dodson on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96. The bout took place at a catchweight of 136.5 lbs as Lineker missed weight. He won the back and forth fight via split decision.
Lineker was scheduled to face Jimmie Rivera on December 30, 2017 at UFC 219, replacing the injured Dominick Cruz. On December 24, it was reported that Lineker was forced to pull from the fight due to tooth infection.  Subsequently the fight was cancelled.
Lineker was expected to face Dominick Cruz on January 26, 2019 at UFC 233. It was reported on December 11, 2018 that Cruz injured his shoulder and pulled out of the fight. As a result of the cancellation of UFC 233, Lineker is scheduled to face Cory Sandhagen at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ 1. However, it was reported on January 10, 2019 that Lineker was pulled from the bout due to rib injury.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||31 wins||8 losses|
|Win||31–8||Brian Kelleher||KO (punch)||UFC 224||May 12, 2018||3||3:43||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||30–8||Marlon Vera||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida||October 28, 2017||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||29–8||T.J. Dillashaw||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 207||December 30, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||29–7||John Dodson||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson||October 1, 2016||5||5:00||Portland, Oregon, United States||Catchweight (136.5 lbs) bout; Lineker missed weight.|
|Win||28–7||Michael McDonald||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker||July 13, 2016||1||2:43||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||27–7||Rob Font||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 198||May 14, 2016||3||5:00||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||26–7||Francisco Rivera||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 191||September 5, 2015||1||2:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Bantamweight. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||25–7||Ian McCall||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 183||January 31, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (130 lbs) bout; Lineker missed weight.|
|Win||24–7||Alp 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||Catchweight (128 lbs) bout; Lineker missed weight.|
|Win||22–6||José Maria Tomé||TKO (punches)||UFC 163||August 3, 2013||2||1:03||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Catchweight (129 lbs) 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||Flyweight debut; Lineker missed weight (127 lbs). Fight of the Night.|
|Win||19–5||Iliarde Santos||Decision (split)||Jungle Fight 32||September 10, 2011||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Won the 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 Salgadinho||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 the 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 José 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||Márcio 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|
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