John Lineker ends Fernandes' title reign with a knockout at ONE: Lights Out
Hard-hitting Brazilian mixed martial artist John Lineker put an end to Bibiano Fernandes’ longest world title reign in ONE Championship as he captured the ONE bantamweight world title with a knockout at ONE: Lights Out this Friday evening at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Fernandes took the fight to the mat with the very first takedown he tried in the fight. They eventually went back to their feet where Lineker was able to hurt Fernandes with a series of punches only to get knocked down after he ate a counter left hand.
It was a striking contest in the opening minute of round two. Fernandes tried to keep Lineker at bay with his jab and right straight, but the latter kept coming until he was taken down again by the submission specialist.
They got back up, traded strikes again which allowed Lineker to land a monstrous left hook that sent Fernandes crashing to the canvas. Lineker followed up with a right hand to the senseless Fernandes, prompting the referee to stop the contest at the 3:40 mark of round two.
It was Lineker’s fourth straight win since he came over to ONE Championship, improving his record to 34-9 while Fernandes fell to 24-5.
—JMB, GMA News